Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: 3 Key Lessons Learned from the North London Derby

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Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: 3 Key Lessons Learned from the North London Derby
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This wasn’t the Monday I’d envisaged following Sunday’s crunch encounter between Arsenal and the old enemy, Tottenham Hotspur.

Both teams featured their “strongest” lineups with Gareth Bale dominating pre-match proceedings. He was singled out as a player who would be a threat to the Gunners and, of course, he delivered.

An inch-perfect pass from Gyifl Sigurdsson tore through Arsenal’s defense like a hot knife through butter, and when Bale was one-on-one with Wojciech Szczesny, I already knew the outcome. With a stroke of genius from Bale, the Pole’s net was rattled as the home side went ahead.

While Tottenham were still basking in the euphoria of going ahead, the fans went into raptures when Aaron Lennon was clean through on goal, before skipping past the hapless Szczesny to put the home side two goals to the good.

Per Mertesacker did the double over Tottenham with a headed effort that went past Hugo Lloris—his second goal in as many games against Spurs, but at the sound of the ref’s final whistle, reality dawned on every Gunner that they are currently seven points behind Tottenham and are running out of games.

This stinging defeat to Tottenham has taught me a lot of things, but here’s my take on three key lessons I’ve learned from Sunday’s North London derby.

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