The right tactics get results
I am not quite sure why there were no less than 3 derbies on Sunday but I’m not complaining. Whether or not it was coincidental is irrelevant based on what the neutrals were treated to. London provided two derbies (North and West respectively). Whilst Merseyside provided the other.
However, it’s only right that we begin the round up with the North London derby game between Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates. This fixture always has that added spice especially with Spurs now considered (in recent time at least) the best team North of the river. I am sure many Arsenal fans would disagree with that statement. Nevertheless the fixture never disappoints.
Arsenal flew out of the blocks and dominated possession in the early stages of the first half. Their endeavour paid off when Vertonghen was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area much to his team mates annoyance. The penalty was converted calmly by the premier league’s leading scorer Aubameyang much to the delight of the home supporters.
Spurs however continued to press and push forward and were soon level thanks to a Eric Dier header. This was soon followed by a neatly dispatched penalty from Kane after Son was brought down in the penalty box. It was looking like a Tottenham free for all until Aubameyang produced a moment of brilliance smashing the ball home from outside the box (Lloris had no chance!!).
With the score level at 2-2 Spurs would have settled for a draw however, Emery’s men had other plans. The Arsenal manager’s substitution an tactics were justified when Lacazette put the gunners in front before Torreira added the fourth to end all hopes for Spurs. It ended 4-2 in favour of Arsenal.
In the West London derby game between Chelsea and Fulham, the home side got off to a flyer thanks to a goal from the ever reliable Pedro. Chelsea were very much in control of the game and Loftus-Cheek made it 2 nil just before the final whistle. Chelsea needed the 3 points and their fans will be glad to see them responding in that fashion after last week’s crushing defeat to Spurs.
Liverpool’s match against Everton in the Merseyside derby will be remembered more for Manager Jurgen Klopp’s celebration than for the game itself. As can be expected in most derbies the teams set up well but there were no clear open chances created. The only goal of the game was scored by Origi in injury time to send the KOP ballistic as manager Klopp ran onto the and chest bumped his keeper (anyone would thing they’d won the league).
But it shows you just what it means to them as a team as they continue to try and keep up with Manchester City who won their game 3-1 against Bournemouth. Their neighbours United could only salvage a draw against Southampton whilst Crystal Palace registered a win against Burnley 2-0. There were also wins for Leicester who beat Watford 2-0 thanks to goals from Vardy and Maddison respectively. West Ham beat Nwcastle 3-0 away and Brighton also overcame Huddersfield away winning 2-1.