Arsenal sealed their first north London derby win since December 2018 after fighting back from a goal down to beat 10-man Tottenham 2-1 on Super Sunday.
The Gunners, who were without captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he was left out of the starting line-up due to a disciplinary breach, dominated much of the first half as Emile Smith Rowe and Cedric Soares both saw strikes hit the woodwork.
However, they were behind in the 33rd minute when Erik Lamela, who replaced the injured Heung-Min Son after 19 minutes, produced a spectacular drilled Rabona (33) to beat Bernd Leno and find the bottom corner.
Arsenal fought back from a goal down to beat Tottenham; Erik Lamela’s Rabona gave Spurs the lead; But Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette completed the turnaround; Lamela picked up two bookings in eight second-half minutes as Arsenal secured win
The hosts did finally get some reward just before the half-time interval when Martin Odegaard (44) swept home Kieran Tierney’s cutback and they turned the game around midway through the second half when Alexandre Lacazette scored from the spot (64) after being scythed down by Davinson Sanchez.
Lamela’s afternoon turned sour 15 minutes from time when he threw out a stray arm to catch Tierney to pick up his second yellow card in eight minutes, while Harry Kane, who had a late header disallowed for offside, struck the post with a free-kick before Gabriel Magalhaes’ brilliant block to deny Sanchez scoring from the rebound secured Arsenal all three points.
How Arsenal secured the north London bragging rights…
Tottenham sat off Arsenal in the opening stages and they were almost punished for a sluggish start when Smith Rowe’s curled effort from 25 yards beat Hugo Lloris but crashed back off the crossbar.
Spurs’ tricky opening continued when Son, making his first real forward run of the game, pulled up clutching his hamstring, and he was replaced by Lamela before the game had reached the 20-minute mark.
The surprise selection came from Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who dropped captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the bench as one of three changes. The Gunners won their Europa League game 3-1 against Olympiacos in Greece but Aubameyang was replaced in the starting line-up by Alexandre Lacazette, while Cedric Soares and Emile Smith Rowe were also recalled
Tottenham striker Harry Kane was fit enough to start. Kane took a knock to his knee having scored twice in the Europa League win over Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night – but the all-time leading goalscorer in this fixture was fit to lead the line for the visitors.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho made six changes from the 2-0 win as Matt Doherty, Toby Alderweireld, Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Lucas Moura and Gareth Bale all returned.
Smith Rowe was heavily involved again as the Gunners created another excellent opening, breezing past Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg before cutting the ball back for Lacazette, but the Frenchman snatched at his finish from 12 yards, failing to test Lloris.
Arsenal failed to capitalise on their dominance and Spurs, who eventually grew into the game, took the lead following a moment of magic from Lamela. The ball dropped to the Argentine on his weaker foot in the penalty area and he produced a Rabona, drilling a low finish straight into the far corner with Spurs’ first shot of the game.
9 – Spurs have now lost nine games in the Premier League this season; the joint-most José Mourinho has ever suffered in a single league campaign in his managerial career (also nine in 2015-16 with Chelsea). Diminishing. pic.twitter.com/m1Yuciau3X
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 14, 2021
Arsenal: Leno (6), Cedric (7), Tierney (8), Luiz (7), Gabriel (8), Xhaka (7), Partey (7), Saka (6), Odegaard (7), Smith Rowe (8), Lacazette (7).
Subs: Pepe (6), Willian (n/a), Elneny (n/a).
Tottenham: Lloris (6), Doherty (4), Alderweireld (6), Sanchez (6), Reguilon (7), Hojbjerg (6), Ndombele (6), Moura (7), Bale (5), Son (6), Kane (6).
Subs: Lamela (6), Sissoko (6), Alli (6).
Man of the match: Emile Smith Rowe
Opta stats – Arsenal’s unbeaten home run vs Spurs continues…
- Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League home games against Spurs (W6 D4), while Mikel Arteta is the third consecutive Gunners boss to win his first home league meeting with Spurs, following Arsène Wenger and Unai Emery.
- Since losing his first London derby at the Emirates in the Premier League (1-2 v Chelsea in December 2019), Arteta is unbeaten in his last five such games, picking up four victories (D1).
- Spurs have dropped 45 points from winning positions against Arsenal in the Premier League – the most of any team against a specific opponent in the competition.
- Spurs have conceded seven penalty goals in the Premier League this season, the most by a José Mourinho team in a single campaign in the competition.
- Erik Lamela became just the fifth substitute in Premier League history to score and be sent off in the same game, after David Lee (1993), Bobby Zamora (2007), Ivan Klasnic (2010) and Hal Robson-Kanu (2017).
📊 Arsenal extend their unbeaten home PL run v Tottenham to 10 games
📊 The Gunners have won 6 of the last 21 PL North London derbies when conceding the 1st goal
📊 Jose Mourinho is beaten for only the 2nd time in 19 PL games v Arsenal pic.twitter.com/062wHMzrF0
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) March 14, 2021
Arsenal face Olympiakos in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 clash on Thursday (kick-off 5.55pm), leading 3-1 from the first leg, before facing a trip to West Ham next Sunday, March 21, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 3pm.
Meanwhile, Tottenham face a trip to Dinamo Zagreb in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday (5.55pm), leading 2-0 from the first leg, before travelling to Aston Villa on Sunday March 21 (kick-off 7.30pm), also on Sky Sports.