ARSENAL 2–2 SP*RS: BY THE VISUALS
ARSENAL 2–2 SP*RS: BY THE NUMBERS
3 – Arsenal entered the North London Derby aiming to secure three consecutive league victories against Tottenham for the first time since 1989.
Despite the visitors enjoying more possession early on, it was Arsenal who generated the first decent opportunity. Bukayo Saka’s cross found Gabby Jesus, whose half-volley (0.07 xG) was saved well by Vicario.
Not long before the half-hour mark, Ødegaard found Saka out wide, and his curled shot was deflected off Romero to give Arsenal a well-deserved lead.
Six minutes later, Vicario passed to James Maddison, who was tackled by Jesus inside the box. However, the Arsenal forward fired over the crossbar from 14 yards (0.43 xG), and it turned out to be a pivotal moment.
5 – Until Arsenal took the lead, they allowed an average of around 5 passes per defensive action, pressing exceptionally well against a Tottenham side content to retain possession in their own half. An all-too-familiar trait of this Arsenal team is dropping their intensity after going in front, rather than maintaining the same level.
Spurs woke up, and the derby turned up a notch as David Raya’s superb save denied Brennan Johnson (0.38 xG, 0.43 xGOT) from Pedro Porro’s cross.
1 – Tottenham have only failed to score in one of their last 16 Premier League away matches.
1 – Arsenal have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine Premier League home games against Spurs and just one in their last 11 at the Emirates.
Just before half time, Raya unconvincingly tipped away a cross but did well to stop Johnson’s follow-up (0.17 xG, 0.54 xGOT). Despite Arsenal surviving the initial attack, Tottenham levelled when Maddison found Son (0.13 xG, 0.96 xGOT), who scored off the post.
Ten minutes into the second half, Saka confidently converted a penalty (0.90 xGOT) to make it 2-1, and almost immediately from the subsequent kick-off, Jorginho carelessly lost possession, allowing Maddison to assist Son (0.34 xG).
13 – The number of shots that both Arsenal and Tottenham accumulated during Sunday’s North London derby. However, Spurs generated more ‘big chances’ with 4 compared to Arsenal’s 3 and had a higher expected goals value in open play (1.39 vs 0.74).
25 – Arsenal registered 25 touches in Tottenham’s box, with Saka responsible for 28%.
46% – Arsenal’s share of possession in this game, representing their lowest share of the ball so far this season.
2 – Oleksandr Zinchenko played 2 passes into the opposition penalty area, leading Arsenal (joint 2nd overall with Romero), 7 progressive passes (joint 1st overall), 7 passes into the final third (joint 1st overall). He also registered more touches (66) and tackles (5) than any other Arsenal player.
4 – Key passes by Saka (1st overall). Arsenal’s goalscorer and the catalyst behind Romeo’s own goal had an indifferent performance by his own very high standards. While still being the team’s best attacking player, he was beaten horribly for their first goal and gave away possession in dangerous areas with some sloppy passes (28 from 37 passes overall).
61% – However, the captain managed the lowest percentage of successful passes (20 out of 33 overall) on the day for Arsenal. Ødegaard was outstanding against PSV midweek but suffered a forgettable day in Sunday’s derby.
It wasn’t our best day at the office. Our passing was off (81.8% is the lowest we’ve achieved so far this season), and there was a lack of spark upfront, but it’s worth noting that both of their goals resulted from our own mistakes.
I thought we looked much more dangerous in the first half. However, after Rice was substituted, our midfield lost its cohesion, and a few of our players went missing.
Not having Martinelli and his main backup, Trossard, as well as the option to turn to Partey after Rice’s injury, proved too much on the day.
0 – Nevertheless, Tottenham have won none of their last 13 Premier League visits to the Emirates (D5, L8).
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Sources: Opta, fbref, @Orbinho twitter feed