Arsenal was able to show form stability after the international break and break through Tottenham’s recent glory connected with the Champions League win against Real Madrid.
Arsene Wenger side looked fresh and their movement in the attack as well as high defense revived hope in the club’s fans with regards their place in top-4. The Gunners were dominating all throughout the game, demonstrated high pressure and the ability to adapt to the opponent’s wing attacks, which happen to be their signature. Shkodran Mustafi’s (36′) and Alexis Sanchez’s (41′) goals towards the end of Half 1 converted their dominance into result and barely had any problems maintaining the result towards the end of the game.
Tottenham, in turn, could not bare the hardships resulting from the international break. The players were tired and the beautiful fast attacks along the wings were terminated by the opponent. Their midfield, being known as strong failed to resist the fresh movement Wenger maintained in the attacking midfield and among the forwards. This very tactical movement resulted both in the good play during the set-piece, after which the first goal was conceded and during the fast attack in case of the second goal.
While today was clearly Arsenal’s day it is yet unclear which of these teams will be able to launch a good battle against other EPL giants for the desired trophy. What’s your guess?