The north London derby was enjoyably chaotic for the neutral, but what did it mean for the two clubs involved?
On the Totally Football Show this week the panel weighed up the pros and cons for both Arsenal and Tottenham.
“Anyone will accept that with any derby, there’s a baseline – thou shalt not lose. So when you go 2-0 down at home, you can’t lose and nothing else really matters,” said the Athletic’s Amy Lawrence.
“There’s quite a lot of positivity around the club, bringing in some quite exciting new players and shifting out some of the less loved players. And after earlier in the summer when there was quite a lot of dejection with them apparently only having this pitiful £45million to spend, playing in the Europa League again. Then suddenly the mood really changed.
“But the important thing to note is people have to give this a bit of time to calm down. There’s a lot of new components in this team: even Bernd Leno has only been there for a year, Kieran Tierney will come in, Hector Bellerin will be fit soon, so will Rob Holding.
“My pet point is the balance in midfield…they’ve got to get that blend right, and if they can do that it will be the point where the forwards can be set free and the defence is given the help it needs.”
But what of Tottenham? They had a 2-0 lead but never really looked comfortable, and Tom Williams believes they are at something of a crossroads.
“Spurs were much happier to hear the final whistle. They were under the cosh for most of the game. I don’t think it’s moved things forward much in terms of the ‘power shift’, but I think it shows that Arsenal are moving forwards while Spurs are not really moving at all.
“The spine of the team hasn’t really changed for the last four or five years, and these players have all been collectively peaking in these very unusual circumstances in which they haven’t had much money to spend, and they’ve been massively punching above their weight in terms of what their rivals spend.
“You just think: where do Spurs go from here? Reaching the Champions League final last season was an absolute miracle given their resources, and they’re not going to get a better chance of winning it. They’re not going to challenge for the title. Pochettino is looking at where he goes next, Eriksen is looking at moving on.”
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