Updated: Jul 13, 2020
Tottenham and Arsenal clashed in a highly anticipated North-London derby at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the derby truly lived up to its expectations. Both teams, striving to play Champions League football next season came into the game with only one thought on their mind, to grab all three points. But with teams like Sheffield United and Wolves sitting above them on the table and having a rat race for Europa League qualifications themselves, at this point it seems like even playing Europa League football next season would be a challenge for the two English giants.
Arsenal made just one change to their team sheet from their match against Leicester City. Nicolas Pepe was chosen first pick over Bukayo Saka by Mikel Arteta.
Spurs, on the other hand made three changes to their lineup with Lucas Moura, Son Heung-Min and Davinson Sanchez, all replacing Erik Lamela, Steven Bergwijn and Jan Vertonghen respectively.
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring in the 16th minute with an absolute screamer from 30 yards out right into the top corner.
A poor pass by Sead Kolasinac allowed Son to retrieve the ball and he calmly chipped chipped it over Emiliano Martinez which meant that Spurs equalised just three minutes after conceding. A complete shame for Arsenal, conceding such a loose goal just after minutes scoring a stunner.
Son Heung-Min celebrating after scoring the equaliser against Arsenal.
Ben Davies also went for goal from a long long way out and clattered the crossbar. Martinez had just managed to get a fingertip to the shot to push it against the bar.
Arsenal dominated possession for most of the second half when Aubameyang too struck the woodwork from a well worked play denying Arsenal the lead.
On the other end of the pitch, Toby Alderweireld rose highest from a Spurs corner to head in Spurs' winner and Arsenal players could do absolutely nothing about it. Tottenham suddenly fired up after scoring that goal and had a few more chances to extend their lead but couldn't take them.
Arsenal players could just watch as Toby Alderweireld netted his first goal since the restart.
It ended 2-1 to Spurs who now jump to 8th place, two points ahead of their bitter rivals and two points behind Sheffield United. Spurs still have hope of playing Europa League football next season but it may be all over for Arsenal.