It wasn’t a classic North London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but it was a victory all Spurs fans will relish as they defeat rivals Arsenal to leap frog them in the table after a 2-1 victory.
Arsenal took the lead in the sixteenth minute after a thunderous shot by Alexandre Lacazette left Hugo Lloris with no chance of saving after some poor defending by Serge Aurier.
However, after a defensive mix up between Sead Kolasinac and David Luiz it was Son who capatilised on this error and levelled the score after a sublime chip over the on-rushing Martinez just three minutes later.
Both sides continued to press in the first half and Martinez was forced into action again with a wonderful save after a Ben Davies 30-yard thunder-strike was tipped onto the bar.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was also denied by the woodwork in the second half but no Arsenal player could finish off his effort from the rebound.
Both teams continued to press, although Arsenal had most of the possession it was Spurs who took the lead. Toby Alderweireld leapt highest from a Son corner to give Spurs the lead in the 81st minute.
It was then a classic Mourinho defensive shift from the Spurs side as they looked to shut out Arsenal. Spurs had other chances to increase their lead but Arsenal held out.
The win takes Spurs ahead of Arsenal into eight place, two points ahead of the Gunners as both teams battle it out for a chance of European football next season.
Lloris 7- was kept busy throughout the game but was not overly troubled, made a few key saves but could not do too much about the Lacazette goal.
Aurier 4- was poor again defensively, was out of position on numerous occasions and reckless in tackles. Was also booked, Spurs should look to replace Aurier for next season if they wish to progress again next season.
Sanchez 6- worked hard defensively alongside Alderweireld, kept the Arsenal chances to half chances, played well in his return to the side.
Alderweireld 8 – Spurs star man, scored the important winning headed goal from a Son corner. Was strong defensively and kept the Arsenal chances to a minimum.
Davies 6- worked hard defensively and offensively, had a thunderbolt 30-yard shot saved. Gave the ball away on a few occasions and was booked but looked calm in defence.
Sissoko 7- vintage Sissoko performance, worked tirelessly throughout the game in attack and defence. Helped run the clock down at the death to help secure the points for Spurs.
Lo Celso 6 – was a quieter performance from the Argentinian, worked hard but didnt seem to have the same impact as normal in attack. Seemed as though he understood the importance of the North London Derby and was booked, was replaced by Skipp in the 84’ minute.
Winks 6- uncharacteristically gave the ball away at points throughout the game, worked hard however but was penalised for a number of fouls, was also booked.
Moura 7- worked incredibly hard throughout the game, defensively and in attack. Pushed the Spurs tempo to push them forward and snuffed out a number of Arsenal breaks but was booked. Was replaced by Bergwijn in the 82nd minute.
Son 7- scored a wonderful goal to equalise after a deft chip over the keeper. Created a number of chances but will luckily did not rue not squaring the ball to Kane in the dying minutes to increase the Spurs lead. Was replaced by Lamela in the 94th minute.
Kane 7- still waiting on that elusive 200th goal for the Spurs striker. Worked hard around the pitch including defensively, had a few chances to win it also for Spurs but was denied by Martinez.
Skipp 6- worked hard when he came on after replacing Lo Celso, snuffed out a number of Arsenal chances and was solid in defence.
Bergwijn 6- worked hard for the cause defensively for Spurs, did not have a chance really in attack but the result was what mattered. Was booked harshly for his first tackle when coming on.
Lamela 6 – came on in the 94th minute and helped run down the clock, worked hard for the team to keep Arsenal out.
Martinez 6- was unlucky to concede two goals but did not have too much to do, his defenders let him down in this game but made some impressive shots when called upon.
Mustafi 6 – has a hard job defensively alongside the reckless Luiz and Kolasinac, did not do a lot wrong.
Luiz 5- was partially at fault for the first Arsenal goal after a mix up with Kolasinac, always a chance of a Luiz mistake and today did not disappoint.
Kolasinac 5 – was also at fault for the Spurs first goal, is shaky defensively, was replaced by Nelson in the 84th minute.
Bellerin 6- a quiet match for the Arsenal defender, worked defensively hard but was replaced by Cedric in the 84th minute.
Ceballos 7- worked hard in the Arsenal midfield and created a number of chances, caused the Spurs midfield a number of issues when going forward, the Arsenal fans will hope his loan will turn permanent.
Xhaka 6- was a quiet game for the Arsenal man, did not do much wrong but nothing of any substance either.
Tierney 7- another brilliant performance from the Arsenal youngster, caused the Spurs defence a number of problems and his work rate was first class. Arsenal fans will hope they will be seeing more of the Scottish wing-back.
Pepe 6- a quiet game in his first game back after paternity, had a few attempts from set peices but none converted, was booked after a cynical foul and was replaced by Saka in the 70th minute.
Lacazette 7- scored a stunning strike in the first half but did not have many other noticeable chances and was also booked in the second half.
Aubameyang 7- had an impressive shot denied by the woodwork, had a number of other chances but could not break the tight Spurs defence.
Nelson 6- replaced Kolasinac in the 84th minute but could not prevent the Spurs win, did prevent Spurs from increasing their lead at the death.
Cedric 6 – replaced Bellerin in the 84th minute, could not inspire an Arsenal come back but did not do a lot from defensively.
Willock 6- come on in the 84th minute for Tierney, worked hard to try and push his Arsenal team for an equaliser but could not create the right chance for the Arsenal strikers. Is still a bright star for Arsenal.
Saka 6 – replaced Pepe in the 70th minute, pushed forward for an Arsenal winner but was not to be. Was booked late on in the game for a cynical foul.
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