Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur: 6 Things We Learned

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Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur: 6 Things We Learned
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Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby after Olivier Giroud's solitary goal was enough to see off the Gunners' high-spending rivals.

Heading into the match, all the impetus seemed to be with Spurs. Arsenal were well-beaten against Aston Villa in the opening game of the season, while Tottenham saw off Crystal Palace and Swansea City without breaking a sweat.

But in the North London derby, everything goes out the window.

Arsenal and Spurs have an incredible rivalry that dates all the way back to the early part of the 20th Century, when Arsenal moved from South to North London, annoying their new neighbours. Since then they have played 174 times: No top-flight rivalry has contributed more goals.

The game started at a frantic pace, with both sides tearing into each other. Spurs dominated possession without really hurting Arsenal, before Giroud scored—and in many terms they bossed the match.

For once, the Gunners finished on the losing end of possession. Andre Villas-Boas' Spurs team recorded 57 percent possession and more shots on goal. It was the disciplined Gunners, however, that deservedly claimed all three points.

Here, Bleacher Report offers six things we learned from the match.


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