Arsenal – Tottenham Hotspur: Emery’s side extend unbeaten Premier League run in fast-paced North London derby (4-2)
Arsenal gave Tottenham Hotspur a taste of their own medicine. Intense pressing propelled them to an early lead, just as Spurs themselves had accomplished against Chelsea last week. Before half-time, though, Spurs clawed back through two quickfire set-piece goals. In the end, the finishing quality of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette secured the win for Arsenal.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Both teams came into this North London Derby on the back of excellent series of results. Arsenal were on an eighteen-game unbeaten run, while Spurs had won six straight since their defeat against Manchester City.
Arsenal went with the same starting lineup and 3-4-3 / 5-2-3 shape used in their win at Bournemouth. Alexandre Lacazette returned to the matchday squad on the bench after injury. Mesut Özil, on the other hand, was left out of the squad due to a back problem.
For Spurs in their 4-3-1-2 formation, there was just one change from the team that beat Chelsea at Wembley. Jan Vertonghen replaced Toby Alderweireld to partner Juan Foyth in central defense.
Arsenal's high pressing 3-4-3 formation against Spurs' narrow 4-3-1-2 shape.
Arsenal start fast
Arsenal took a leaf out of Spurs’ book, who had unsettled Chelsea the week before with their intensity in pressing. Today, Arsenal did the same to Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the early stages. As a result, they made it difficult for Spurs to establish a foothold and making regains of possession.
From their 5-2-3 defensive shape, Arsenal found it relatively simple to press Spurs’ deep . . .