Arsenal’s convincing win against north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur was a result of top performances all over the pitch. The Gunners were dominant for most of the match and always looked to be in control. It was a display worthy of being eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
An own goal from Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris handed Arsenal the advantage in the derby before Martin Odegaard’s long-range effort secured all three points in the opening period. If there were any doubters of Mikel Arteta’s regime left, this surely put an end to that.
It was the match that Arsenal, who haven’t won away at Spurs since 2014, had to win – and they claimed victory in style.
3 standout players from the North London Derby triumph at Tottenham
Here are the three standout players from Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Spurs.
1. Aaron Ramsdale
Perhaps his best game in an Arsenal shirt, Ramsdale was faultless when called upon. It didn’t happen often, but when he was needed, he bailed out his team. Firstly, he was quick off his line to deny Son Heung-min towards the end of the first half before he kept out Harry Kane’s smart header at his near post.
These weren’t exactly the hardest saves Ramsdale will have to make in his career, but the timing and essentiality of them are what proved crucial in the match. However, not only did he make important saves when he needed to, he claimed the crosses that were being sent into his box from the Spurs wing-backs too. It was everything that was needed from a keeper in a North London Derby.
His composure on the ball, something which we have become so accustomed to seeing, was just an added element to his performance. In a match where Lloris caused problems for his defence, the calmness from Ramsdale to help his team around the oncoming press just further showed the difference in confidence between the two sides.
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