Arsenal got the better of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the first time since December 2018 on Sunday afternoon, coming from behind to win 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
After Erik Lamela, who had stepped off the substitutes bench to replace the injured Son Heung-min, had opened the scoring with one of the most stunning goals you are most likely to see this season, Arsenal came roaring back, drawing level just before half time.
Kieran Tierney, bombing forward down the left-wing, picked out Martin Odegaard in the centre and he saw his effort deflect its way past Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal and into the back of the net.
The Gunners then completed the turnaround just past the hour mark when Davinson Sanchez was guilty of tripping Alexandre Lacazette, who was donning the captain’s armband in place of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, inside the penalty area.
The Frenchman dusted himself down to step up from 12 yards and slot the ball home, sending Lloris the wrong pay in the process.
The Gunners, who return to UEFA Europa League action on Thursday evening, locking horns with Greek giants Olympiacos in the second-leg of their last-16 tussle, did have to ride a couple of scares towards the end of the contest as Harry Kane’s free-kick struck the post, before the rebound had to be expertly headed away to safety by Gabriel Magalhaes.
However, the Gunners held on to record a vital three points and keep their hopes of securing European football for next season alive.
In truth, though, it did look as though the Gunners would be dealt a major blow in their hopes of climbing the Premier League table between now and the end of the campaign after Lamela’s opener.
The Argentine put Spurs ahead with a sublime rabona, which was well out of reach for Bernd Leno, meaning the Gunners faced an uphill struggle.
Whilst Leno and his Gunners teammates probably could not have believed what Lamela had just done, Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta and assistant Steve Round looked on from the technical area, preparing to try and plot the home side’s route back into the contest.
However, before that, Arsenal’s Bench Cam has shown that Round reacted angrily to Lamela’s strike, picking up a jacket off the seat in front of where he was stood and threw it to the ground, suggesting he was angry with the goal the Gunners had given away.
Although Round’s initial reaction may have been one of frustration and disappointment, he would have been smiling come the final whistle after Odegaard and Lacazette’s goals turned the game on its head.
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Addressing the way his side had reacted to going a goal down, Arteta, speaking post-match, said: “I think we started the game really strongly, we were very dominant, we played in the opposition’s half we regained the ball really quickly, created opportunities and chances.
“And then Lamela scores an incredible goal, which it was a really incredible unique piece of talent.
“After that we have to react. Obviously mentally it’s not easy and when you’ve played two days ago it’s not easy.
“But I love the way the team reacted, with the courage that they continued to play, the belief that I was sensing from the touchlines. I’m glad with that.”