Arsenal came up with problems out of the blue in the derby with Tottenham. But remained in the race for the title

The Gun­ners beat their main rival.

Eng­land. Pre­mier League. 35th round

April 28, 16:00. Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur Sta­di­um (Lon­don)

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur



There is noth­ing more sat­is­fy­ing for Tot­ten­ham fans than trip­ping up Arse­nal. Espe­cial­ly in the cham­pi­onship race. But it was not entire­ly cor­rect to reduce every­thing to the prin­ci­ples of the Lon­don con­fronta­tion. I had enough tour­na­ment moti­va­tion. By Sun­day, the Gun­ners were Man­ches­ter City’s only com­peti­tor, and Tot­ten­ham, after Aston Vil­la’s draw the day before, increased their chances in the race for fourth place. At least that’s what it seemed like. Only life has once again shown: count­ing lost points and post­poned match­es is like divid­ing the skin of a bear that has not yet been killed.

Mikel Arteta, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp. The prob­a­bil­i­ty of Man­ches­ter City win­ning the Pre­mier League is 70 per­cent! Why don’t they believe in Arse­nal and Liv­er­pool?

And on Sun­day, the red-and-white beast turned out to be mer­ci­less to its prin­ci­pal oppo­nent in the first half. Still, the attack­ing style of Ange­los Postecoglou is just a gift for Mikel Arte­ta. The Spaniard has a more estab­lished and sys­tem­at­ic team, which feels like a fish in water in open foot­ball. Could things real­ly go wrong for the Gun­ners? Quite so. With the score 1:0, there was a great chance from Mad­di­son, Romero hit­ting the post and Van de Ven’s goal being can­celed after a VAR ver­dict. But, appar­ent­ly, from the very begin­ning every­thing was not in Spurs’ favor.

Plus the curse of own goals in the North Lon­don der­by. Hojb­jerg became the fifth Tot­ten­ham play­er to unwit­ting­ly help Arse­nal, open­ing the scor­ing in the process. With the hosts hop­ing in vain for a penal­ty, Michael Oliv­er’s whis­tle fell silent and the vis­i­tors unleashed an exem­plary attack in the space. Every­thing about her was per­fect. Both Havertz’s sump­tu­ous diag­o­nal and Saka’s fin­ish­ing, who turned Davies into a train­ing stance and rolled the ball into the cor­ner.

Pho­to by Reuters

Bukay­o’s record-break­ing fif­teenth goal in one cham­pi­onship was mas­ter­ful. He also helped the mid­field­er equal Ljung­berg and Ade­bay­or in the num­ber of goals for Arse­nal (46 each). And anoth­er inter­est­ing fact: the last Gun­ners play­er to score against Spurs in both match­es of the same cham­pi­onship was the leg­endary Ian Wright. Exact­ly 30 years have passed since then. There were then two sea­sons left before the Arsene Wenger era began. And before Saka was born, it was sev­en years. At 22, Bukayo is seen as some­one who will even­tu­al­ly join the ranks of many Arse­nal leg­ends.

The lat­ter were cur­rent­ly born under Wenger, with whom Arte­ta con­sult­ed about the title race and deci­sive match­es. He refreshed his mem­o­ry and re-eval­u­at­ed what the French­man said when his heir was still a foot­ball play­er. How­ev­er, Arte­ta can teach him­self some­thing. For exam­ple, prac­tic­ing cor­ners, which when per­formed by the red and white can already be equat­ed to a penal­ty. Rice’s cross with Havertz’s fin­ish is the 16th suc­cess­ful cor­ner in the cur­rent tour­na­ment. There have not been such indi­ca­tors in the Pre­mier League for sev­en years.

Arsenal midfielder  Kai Havertz scored a brace in the match against Chelsea.  (5:0). Havertz did not spare his for­mer team, Arse­nal steam­rolled Chelsea. The cham­pi­onship intrigue is still alive

And this is a weapon that could prove deci­sive in the bat­tle for the title. Or it will allow you to cre­ate a reserve in case of stu­pid­i­ty and trou­bles out of the blue. Stu­pid­i­ty was a wild mis­take by Raya, who rolled the ball onto Romero’s foot. Force majeure — the move­ment of Rice, who in his own penal­ty area hit not the ball, but the oppo­nent. As a result, instead of a con­fi­dent vic­to­ry in terms of score and con­tent, Arse­nal got a ner­vous end­ing. Got off with a slight fright. Two der­bies won in a week with eight goals scored leaves the Gun­ners in the title race.