Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham: Odegaard, Lacazette sink ten-men Spurs, Lamela was sent off

Martin Odegaard-Erik Lamela-Arsenal-Tottenham

Erik Lamela got sent off in the second half after opening the scoring for Spurs at.

Arsenal got their first league win over Tottenham since 2018 as they dispatched Jose Mourinho’s men with a brilliant performance at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Gunners had to fight back from an early Erik Lamela opening to take home all three points with goals from Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette dealing Spurs the blow before the visitors were reduced to ten men.

Mikel Arteta’s men began the game in impressive fashion and were full of energy, asking their visitors all manner of problems in the opening exchanges.

Their pressing and Spurs insistence on playing out from the bank gave them their first chance of the game. Smith Rowe benefited from sloppy defending from Spurs to shoot from outside the box, but his 16th-minute effort could only come off the crossbar.

But despite being the lesser side and losing Son Heung-min to a hamstring injury, Tottenham were the first to score through substitute Erik Lamela. 

The Argentine who replaced Son Heung-min opened the scoring with his side’s first attack, picking the far post with a beautiful Rabona kick to hand his side the lead against the run of play.

But Arsenal equalised just before the breakthrough Martin Odegaard who scored after being picked out by a Kieran Tierney cross. 

After the break, the home team continued to dominate in the ball and we’re ahead in the 62nd minute through an Alexandre Lacazette penalty. The Frenchman converted from the spot after being fouled by Davinson Sanchez.

The penalty decision was widely debated, as by the time Lacazette was obstructed, he had already completed his shot.

Tottenham’s woes were compounded in the 76th when Erik Lamela was sent off for a second bookable offence. With ten-men, Jose Mourinho‘s men were unable to recover despite Kane’s late effort hitting the post.

The result means that Arsenal stay in 10th, but are now just four points behind Spurs and are closing the points gap to the European places. For Spurs, their five-game-winning run comes to an end, and they miss out on the chance to go fifth.

Kieran Tierney's game by numbers vs. Spurs: 71 touches 10 passes into the final ⅓ 9 duels won 7 crosses 6 tackles made (most) 6 passes into the box 3 ball recoveries 2 take-ons completed 2 chances created 1 assist 0 fouls conceded
Emile Smith Rowe’s game by numbers vs. Tottenham: 97% pass accuracy 57 touches 6 ball recoveries 4 chances created 3 crosses 1 shot 1 foul won 1 tackle 1 interception 1 woodwork hit Impressive.

No post-match interviews for the referees?… Pity!

I don’t want to call it a penalty because it is an offence to penalties.

Jose Mourinho, Tottenham Hotspur Manager

Extremely happy and proud about the way the boys played. We know what it means to our club and fans. It’s a shame they couldn’t be here with us.

We managed those 10 minutes really, really badly and gave them hope. It’s a big lesson.

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal Manager
Jose on Heung-Min Son's injury: "I don't know how long it is. It's muscular. Muscular is usually not easy. He's normally a guy who recovers quickly. It's an accumulation of matches. I gave him 30 minutes rest in the last match, but it's still 60 minutes."