Mikel Arteta was asked last week how his team would like to approach the game and said Arsenal would have to play “slightly different skin” to deal with the pressure of Derby’s day. ..
In the end, they looked like a completely different team from the one that started the season with three miserable defeats in Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Arsenal scored more than double in half-time, thanks to Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyan and Bukayo Saka, as they scored only two Premier League goals at the kick-off. Tottenham was completely blown away and desperately poor at both ends of the pitch, despite the slow comfort of Son Heung-min.
Ultimately, Arsenal’s famous 5-2 has to go down as the most one-sided North London Derby since winning in 2012. The players on both sides who changed the game are:
Emile Smith Rowe – 9/10
Smith Rowe was the most influential player on the pitch, although he was only half of the hailend laughter duo and Saka was great on the other side.
Running between the lines and driving into the generous space given by the midfield of the Spurs absentee, he was the inspiration behind Arsenal’s aggressive masterclass in the first half.
His opening round was beautiful, with Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez rooted in the ground like dead trees, but his connection with Aubameyan for the second goal was Nuno Espírito. It was like Santo’s nightmare.
Smith Rowe, who played his role in the counterattack kickstart, came across a clever flick from Aubameyan and performed an inch-perfect cutback to set up his teammates to score. He also chose Saka bundled at home after reaching out to Arsenal’s third, beautifully paired with Martin Odegor, and avoiding the indecisive tackle from Harry Kane.
Kieran Tierney – 8/10
Tierney was the glue that put together Arsenal’s attacks, although he may not have had any goals or assistance in his name.
His efforts were illustrated in just five minutes when he picked up a pass from Smith Rowe in an overlap, roared on the left side and got a cross to Aubameyan who saved Hugo Lloris in one fell swoop.
Tierney was at his best when he was allowed to follow his aggressive instincts, spending much of the first half as an auxiliary winger and harmonizing well with Smith Rowe and Odegor.
He also played an important role in the second goal, carrying the ball forward from deep and watching Smith Rowe and Aubameyan do the rest.
Pierre Emery Cuau Bameyan – 8/10
For Arsenal to take advantage of this result and bring the season back to life, Aubameyan needs to rediscover his best form.
Here were signs that he was sharpening after a strange dull start to the campaign.
After testing Loris early following Tierney’s smart cross, he immediately sent a dipping shot just above the crossbar, oozing the general air of familiar threats from the first few seasons in northern London. I let you put it out.
Not only did he provide Smith Rowe with a moment of genius who created a second goal with a flick, but he also finished it with a sharp edge glow. As a man tasked with scoring most of Arsenal’s goals, the show will need to be duplicated weekly in the future.
Harry Kane – 3/10
He wasn’t helped by a ridiculously conservative game plan, but Kane had one of the least influential performances of the season.
His show believes in his position as the highest scorer in history in the North London Derby, symbolizing everything he failed in Nuno’s attack while the entire Spurs forward line was struggling. It was like.
Twenty minutes later, he managed to touch the ball twice. In the middle of the first half, he shot into the stratosphere from 25 yards, which felt like a pure frustration, but missed some presentable opportunities as the game progressed.
Not only was he anonymous, he was unable to dispose of Saka in a tackle attempt after letting go of the ball for Arsenal’s third goal and panicking. He hasn’t scored a goal in the Premier League this season yet, and if the Spurs continue to play this way, he may have been waiting for a while.
Davinson Sanchez – 3/10
Sanchez, who entered the starting lineup on behalf of Cristian Romero, could not justify Nuno’s decision to make a defensive switch.
Eric Dier was also responsible for Arsenal’s goal, but Sanchez failed to track Smith Rowe’s opening round and was caught flatfoot in the first half with a centre-back partner.
On the second goal, Sanchez might have been much more aggressive about stopping the cross, but unfortunately the Spurs responded almost completely in the way they played.
In that sense, his performance also seemed to symbolize the Spurs’ collective failure. With the early start of the season now looking like a false dawn, Nuno has serious problems to solve from front to back.