By Kiptanui Rutto
Tottenham Hotspurs head coach Jose Mourinho must have enjoyed the North London derby victory after the opponents made fun of them when they were beaten by Sheffield United early this month.
Speaking to reporters before the start of the game, Jose Mourinho said he made normal changes saying mentality is the desire, to wear the skin a bit of a fan. He said he had told the players that saying some were born in the club and know what it means.
“People like me, Lo Celso and Bergwijn, people that arrived a few months ago, have to understand it. I have lots of experience in changing clubs, living and breathing different derbies, different rivals,” he said.
However, Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager said the motivation is enough to try to beat Spurs, to try to win every game and that is how they went there.
“Saka has played a lot of games; we have a lot of games coming up. We had some issues during the week,” he said adding that Nico has been phenomenal.
During the derby which Arsenal were the first to fire into the host’s net 16 minutes into the game, the Spurs turned the table against them in a comeback beating them 2-1 to jump over to position 8 with two points above the Gunners who are 9th. This is how it went.
It started with the worst bit of ball-playing from Arsenal as Martinez passes the ball to Son when he was looking for Kolasinac, down the right channel. Xhaka countered when Spurs’ winger man tried to pass a cross the right area for a team-mate Kane.
It was an intense start from the hosts who played with a 4-4-2 with Sissoko out wide right, Lucas on the left and Son and Kane up front. Arteta’s common 3-4-3 with Aubameyang from the wide left, Lacasett at the centre and Pepe far right.
On the 16th minute, 25 yards out, the ball came to Lacazette who turns and smashes hard into the top right leaving Lloris agust.
Luckly, the son from East Asia who got Kolasinac’s weak pass to Luiz slips in and in 3 minutes later, the Spurs No.7 went past Luiz and over the struggling Martinez into the net, GOAL! Son scored an equalizer.
The Gunners who maintained the possession through the game wrestled hard but a basic error from an Arsenal defender what they normally do restored parity at the stadium.
The ball neatly wove through with great notch from midfield. The likes of Lucas, Pepe, Son and Lacazette, all looking menacing, yes, but we all know what will happen if Aubameyang or Kane get a chance.
Xhaka and Bellerin performances were impressive but Lo Celso and Lucas seemed to have created a wall clearing any attempt an effort which the Gunners lacked.
The pressure from the Spurs resulted into a corner which is put in at the right spot by Son and Alderweireld rises highest to meet it and heads into the back of the net at the 81st minute. However, the Gunners could not equalize as they mount pressure but Spurs defence could not be broken.
Mourinho proved his ability of experience in changing clubs.