Tottenham Hotspur picked up their first away triumph over Arsenal in eight years as they progressed to the semi-final phase of the League Cup. The Gunners started the better side with good chances coming in the way of Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan but it was Heung-min Son, who opened the scoring for their north London rivals in the 20th minute. Following the interval, the host once again pressed for the leveller but Spurs managed to cease any comeback after a sublime goal from Dele Alli right before the hour mark.
Two things we learned:
Tottenham Hotspur take revenge after derby league defeat: Spurs had come into the clash with a possible means to avenge the 4-2 league defeat at the Emirates earlier in the month and they managed to do so with flying colours. While the Gunners were the dominant side in terms of the possession, Spurs managed to find the scoresheet with incisive counterattacks with both Alli and Son getting behind the Gunners’ backline for both goals. The victory ended an eight-year wait for an away win at Arsenal’s homeground and hopefully, this can provide them the springboard to end a decade-long wait for a trophy. Spurs are scheduled to face Chelsea in a double-legged semi final tie before possibly tackling holders Manchester City, who should get the better of Burton Albion, barring a major miracle of sorts.
Arsenal’s defensive woes continue: Gunners boss Unai Emery has maintained the attacking football reminiscent from the time Arsene Wenger was in charge of the club but this has, however, come at a cost with the backline struggling to shut down opponents. The Capital outfit have failed to keep a single clean sheet against last season’s top-six this term and their woes continued against Spurs, who took the full advantage of their vulnerability at the back. Injuries could be given as a prime reason for the recent displays but they have nonetheless shipped goals when they have possessed their best defensive combination earlier in the season. It remains to be seen whether the board seek to pursue a new centre-back after witnessing the club concede five goals in the successive defeats to Southampton and Spurs this month.
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