Tottenham and Arsenal came in to the match with not only pride of north london at stake but a battle for Top 4 place was being fought by the gladiators of North London.
Arsene Wenger has been seen to be adaptable on part of Arsenal’s approach & tactics in recent away games. Meanwhile, Mourisio Pochettino has been quietly going about his work at Tottenham and creating a squad capable of finishing in the top 4 of the league.
With such high pressure game on show, we take a look at the key talking points from the recent edition of North London Derby
Spurs are the masters of late goals this season, Harry Kane does it again for Spurs
Spurs side manage to score inside last 5 minutes of the game yet again. Tottenham have now scored in the last 5 minutes of the game for the sixth time this season.
If Harry Kane was the hero before, he is the messiah now. Harry Kane grew up to be a Tottenham fan all his life and now to score a late winner in the North London Derby will be the biggest achievement of his short but successful career with Spurs.
Tottenham have made a habit of scoring late winners this season and a 2-1 score line is Spurs’ favourite with Pochettino’s men winning 15 points this season from the loosing position.
Are Arsenal players describing the way Arsenal approach big games now a days?
Arsenal decided to sit deep in their defensive lines which did not allow the Spurs side to get pass them and Tottenham were forced with only shots from distance. Arsenal side are becoming much more resilient playing in big games away from home.
Yet again, a team had more possession than Arsenal but the Gunners find a way to win the game. It was earlier reported that some senior players had a meeting with Arsene Wenger and discussed to sacrifice the flair and style in favour of style and that has seen Arsenal now win away at Man City, Aston Villa and now an away draw against Spurs in recent weeks.
So the question begs to be asked, have Arsenal found the much needed leaders on and off the pitch? Recent evidence suggests the same.
Tottenham outplayed Arsenal in the 2nd half, deserved their victory.
Firsthalf between Tottenham and Arsenal belonged to the gunners win Arsene Wenger’s men managed to see off Tottenham’s efforts on goal and end the half with a 1-0 lead. Second half was expected along the same lines by Arsenal as we have seen in recent weeks the willingness from Arsenal to sacrifice the flair in favour of result.
Tottenham squashed any second half plan which Arsenal had in their mind as Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele, Ryan Mason and Kyle Walker imposed their presence on the Arsenal side which looked to hold their lead since Kane’s equalizer on the 56 minute mark.
Tottenham enjoyed 23 shots in total with only 6 in return by the gunners. Tottenham enjoyed more than 60% of the possession in the second half and based on the chances created and efforts in the second half, they truly deserved to win the 2015 edition of North London Derby.
Arsenal continue to enjoy their rich scoring form in North London Derby
When Mesut Ozil scored from Giroud’s pass Arsenal managed to score in 12 continuous North London Derbies now. Arsenal have always enjoyed a rich form against Tottenham which has seen Arsenal win at White Hart Lane in recent seasons.
In the most recent edition of North London Derby, Arsenal managed to open the scoring only to see it cancelled out by the brilliant Harry Kane. Goals by Ozil and Kane maintained the continued theme of this fixture where we have seen the both sides average 2.5 goals per game.
Tottenham youngsters are repaying Pochettino’s faith big-time.
Maurisio Pochettino gave the likes of Harry Kane (21), Ryan Mason (23) and Nabil Bentaleb (20) their first regular season at Tottenham and neither of the young players have led Pochettino down. It shows a great confidence from Pochettino to start Bentaleb and Mason in a high pressure game such as the North London Derby.
Harry Kane has been a revelation for Tottenham this season scoring 22 goals in 33 appearances. Harry Kane took his chance in the most spectacular manner with scoring a pin-point goal from the far corner.