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Start: 16 January 2023 / 20:45h
ITALY: SERIE A
Empoli – Sampdoria
FT: 1-0 WON
With a 2-0 victory against Spurs in a thrilling North London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Arsenal increased their lead over Spurs to eight points atop the Premier League standings.
To take advantage of Manchester City’s loss to Manchester United on Saturday, Mikel Arteta’s team scored when Hugo Lloris foolishly mishandled a Bukayo Saka cross into his own net (14).
After dominating the first half, Martin Odegaard scored a fantastic long-range goal (36), giving Arsenal their first away victory over Spurs in the Premier League since 2014.
After putting on yet another lackluster first-half performance, Antonio Conte’s team improved, but they were unable to beat Aaron Ramsdale, who made a number of excellent saves.
The Arsenal goalkeeper then seemed to be kicked by a fan behind his goal as he attempted to get his water bottle after a fight with Richarlison amid wild circumstances following the final whistle.
However, the incident was swiftly resolved, allowing Arsenal to enjoy their triumph and take a commanding lead in the Premier League championship race, leaving their north London rivals in fifth place and five points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
Tottenham: Lloris (4); Romero (6), Dier (6), Lenglet (6); Doherty (6), Sarr (6), Hojbjerg (6), Sessegnon (6); Kulusevski (7), Son (5), Kane (6).
Subs: Richarlison (6), Perisic (6), Bissouma (6), Gil (n/a), Davies (n/a)
Arsenal: Ramsdale (8), White (7), Saliba (7), Gabriel (7), Zinchenko (8), Partey (8), Xhaka (8), Odegaard (8), Saka (7), Martinelli (7), Nketiah (7).
Subs: Tierney (6), Tomiyasu (n/a), Smith Rowe (n/a), Vieira (n/a)
Player of the match: Aaron Ramsdale
Mykhailo Mudryk’s transfer to Arsenal from Shakhtar Donetsk had been derailed by Chelsea prior to the game, although the incident had no impact on the field.
For Spurs, Pape Sarr made his complete Premier League debut, and Dejan Kulusevski began after coming back from an injury. Ivan Perisic was passed up for Ryan Sessegnon to play left wing-back.
Emile Smith Rowe was chosen as a replacement, but Arsenal kept the same lineup from their goalless draw with Newcastle on January 3 and welcomed him back to the club.
The Gunners took control from away, with Lloris being forced into a close-range stop from Eddie Nketiah after being tripped up by Gabriel Martinelli in his own area.
It was a let-off for the Spurs goalkeeper, but less than ten minutes later, after the Arsenal striker had seized Thomas Partey’s pass over the top, he made another error by deflecting Saka’s cross into his own net.
The Frenchman made a terrible blunder, his third in the Premier League this year that resulted in a goal, and he was under a lot of pressure as the visitors pressed Spurs back.
Heung-Min Son was stopped by Ramsdale on a rare Spurs push upfield, but other than that, it was all Arsenal. Odegaard forced Lloris into a low save, and Partey’s superbly driven volley hit the post.
Soon after, they scored their second goal. The superb Odegaard had led Arsenal upfield when he struck a precise shot from outside the box into the bottom corner for his eighth Premier League goal of the year.
Ramsdale made a good save from Harry Kane’s near-post header just before halftime to give Spurs a chance, and the Arsenal goalkeeper then had a busy stretch as the visitors made a strong start to the second half.
The 24-year-old stretched himself out and managed to get a toe on Ryan Sessegnon’s low shot after the wing-back slipped through the Arsenal defense to deny Kane once more, this time from a Dejan Kulusevski ball.
After then, Kulusevski missed with a diagonal shot, but Arsenal quickly regained control of the match and expertly handled the remainder of the second half, but without the domination, they had before the interval.
A melee threatened to break out between the players after the final whistle when Ramsdale seemed to be kicked by a fan who had leapt onto the advertising hoarding behind the goal following his argument with Richarlison.
However, Arteta was one of those who assisted in stepping in to stop the incident, first removing Ramsdale from the Spurs players and then doing the same to an enraged Granit Xhaka before Arsenal celebrated their victory in front of the visiting fans.
Gary Neville, a Sky Sports analyst, declared Aaron Ramsdale the player of the game after he made seven saves, but the unpleasant events that took place after the final whistle was the primary topic of conversation.
He told Sky Sports, “The Spurs supporters offered me some and I gave them some back.”
“The few individuals I did it to were graciously received and behaving in a sportsmanlike manner, but then I had someone leap over and give me a [kick] in the back. It’s unfortunate since it’s only a football game.
“I had to be escorted out by both teams of players. Thankfully, nothing significant occurred, although the flavor is unpleasant. When we return to the dressing room, I have no doubt that we will like it.”
“The manager noted we hadn’t maintained a clean sheet in many north London derbies since he’s been in charge so that encouraged me on,” he continued on his performance.
In his news conference, Mikel Arteta praised Arsenal’s camaraderie and showed his joy at the victory.
In his news conference, he added, “It’s fantastic. “It’s great to enter the locker room and sense the team’s happiness and camaraderie as well as how much it meant to them.
“Because of how we interact, how we coexist, and how united we are, we are aware that we are here. We must keep it in mind since tomorrow we must attempt to do the same and continue in the current shape.
“This game has a strong emotional connection since there is a long history between the two teams and winning here means a lot to us and our people.
It’s a terrific situation to be in, so let’s take advantage of it and retain our concentration.
After the game, Arteta said he would not comment on the fan incident and said, “I haven’t seen anything. I just witnessed an amazing football game. Aaron made some outstanding saves.
According to Antonio Conte, the head coach of Tottenham: “After giving up two goals, it was challenging to fight back. The second goal could have killed everyone, but not my guys because we made a valiant attempt in the second half.
“The goalie, in my opinion, produced several great saves. Currently, Arsenal provides a challenging opponent, much like Manchester City. One of the two clubs will win the Premier League, and both will be championship contenders.
“We had a formidable opponent, but I wasn’t dissatisfied with the effort. They expressed a wish to return. In the past, we have done this, but the goalie has always been excellent at preventing goals.
“They must have found it challenging to play against us given the circumstances. They had excellent balance and the ability to strike at at the perfect times. Afterward, they continued to endure in the second half despite their great adversity and fortitude.
“When a team can achieve this, it shows that they are prepared to compete for the championship,”
For the first time since the 2013–14 season, Arsenal defeated Tottenham Hotspur twice in league play, with the Gunners triumphing away at Spurs for the first time since March 2014.
In the Premier League standings, Arsenal is eight points in front of second-place Manchester City.
Since the last day of the 2003–04 season, when they won the championship by 11 points, this is their largest lead in the competition when having played the same amount of games as the team below.
For the first time since August 1992, Tottenham has let up two or more goals in five straight home league games. The Lilywhites have given up 11 goals in their previous five home games.
This season, Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has watched his team lose four home Premier League games, which is a career-high number of home losses in a single league season (also 2017-18 with Chelsea and 2007-08 with Bari).
This season, Arsenal has accrued 47 points from 18 Premier League victories, which is the most points in a season at this time in their league’s history.
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