In the North London Derby against Arsenal, Tottenham fell on the road in a 4-2 loss on Sunday.
The match looked to be going downhill from the start, with Arsenal earning a penalty kick due to a Jan Vertonghen handball in the box just nine minutes into the match. Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted, giving Arsenal an early 2-1 lead.
Although it tool 20 minutes, Tottenham would equalize, with midfielder Eric Dier flicking a header in off a set piece.
A large scuffle began after Dier shushed the Arsenal crowd, something which several Arsenal players did not appreciate. No cards were handed out following the players breaking up the conflict.
Just two minutes later, Tottenham was once again be in scoring position, following a foul in the box against Spurs’ forward Son Heung-min.
Harry Kane was the one to hit the penalty in with ease, taking a 2-1 lead for Spurs.
That goal would end Tottenham’s success in the match. Following the half break, Arsenal clearly was the better team throughout the entire 45 minutes.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled up his goal count ten minutes into the half, with perhaps the best goal of the EPL weekend. Aaron Ramsey delivered a one touch lead on pass to Aubameyang, who took a quick one touch swing at the ball just outside the 18-yard-box, curving the equalizer into the right side of the goal, leaving a hopeless Hugo Lloris frozen in place.
20 minutes later, Arsenal took the lead with another long distance shot, this time coming from Alexandre Lacazette. After chasing down a through ball, meeting it a little outside the 18-yard-box, dribbled to the right before cutting back towards the center of the pitch, swinging a left footed ground ball just to the inside of the left post.
Just three minutes later, Lucas Torreira sealed Arsenal’s victory, Tottenham’s defense left a wide gap for the midfielder to slip into the final third of the pitch, receive a through ball, and with a couple dribbles get in position to get a close range goal into the far right side of the net.
This will be a disappointing loss for Tottenham, after last week’s victory against Chelsea had moved them up to third place. Now, they drop to fifth, falling behind both Chelsea and Arsenal.
Tottenham have shown signs of exceptional team chemistry all throughout the season, but have often fallen apart in crucial moments. Tottenham will almost never play a bad 90 minutes, but too often this season a poor 45 has cost them three points.