Tottenham Hotspur – Arsenal: Arsenal Lets Tottenham Escape In Multi-Faced Premier League Derby (1-1)
Arsenal created better chances than Tottenham, only to give away one genuine chance. Arsenal also missed a penalty kick at the very end, which would have won them the match. This North London Derby was more tense than good, but all-in-all, it made for fine viewing, as Tottenham managed to get a point despite being outplayed for over seventy minutes.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.
Tottenham have switched between formations with four and five defenders in the past couple of months, continuing with the trend of the past couple of seasons. For this match, Mauricio Pochettino fielded a 3-4-1-2 shape, with Christian Eriksen playing in the hole behind Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min. Harry Winks is currently out injured, which meant the granite double pivot Moussa Sissoko – Victor Wanyama was chosen to screen the defenders and Hugo Lloris.
Perhaps expecting a 4-4-2 diamond formation, Unai Emery fielded a quite classic 4-2-3-1 formation. Some of the choices of personnel were quite peculiar and unexpected. For the first time this season, Shkodran Mustafi was played as right back and not as central defender. Nominal starter Sead Kolašinac was left on the bench in favor of Nacho Monreal at left back.
Further up the field, the Özil conundrum continues. The German playmaker – objectively – is Arsenal’s most expensive player and – subjectively – is one of Arsenal’s best players, but cannot get a series of starts under Emery. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was also benched, as Alexandre Lacazette played as the striker. Aaron Ramsey played as the number ten, Alex Iwobi as left winger and . . .