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North London Review - Games To Both Arsenal and Spurs

Fulham 1 - Arsenal 5


Well...who would have thought it at half time, the score being 1-1?

Fulham v Arsenal was, frankly, the battle of two teams with good players. Let's not take away from Fulham that they have Seri and Mitrovic, along with a host of other good players including Schurrle. And, at times, tactically, the teams looked well matched.

Despite a regular goal from Lacazette, the score was 1-1, with Arsenal edging the first half. However, another goal from Laca, 2 from Aubameyang, and an excellent 'team goal' from Ramsey made the game look completely one-sided.

Therein lies the key so far. Emery must say something that changes the Arsenal team at half time. Every time the Gunners take the field in the 2nd half, there is a massive step up in intensity. The defensive frailties are still there, despite the dropping of Sokratis to the bench, however, Emery never promised a sound defensive style. No, he promised 4-3 victories as opposed to 1-0.

The goal from Ramsey, in particular, was a massive testimony to Emery's team spirit. There were at least 2 headers, and 2 back heels(including Ramsey's for the goal), in a sweeping move that put Arsenal in a commanding position. 

For me, it goes to show that Unai Emery's success at PSG, with 7 trophies, was not just because of Neymar and Cavani, no...it was because of the attractive, attacking football that the manager fosters.

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Cardiff 0


Eric Dier's goal separated the two at home in Wembley. The concern is that Spurs don't look like a top 4 team. A failure in the transfer market, and an above average, if not exemplary squad, mean that Spurs, whilst doing well in the table at the moment, don't look like a team with ambition.

You would think that with Kane, Eriksen, and Son in the team, Spurs would have a good squad, and they do. However, they are not a title winning team. Until they buy title winning players, they never will be.

However, that aside, a 1-0 victory for Spurs keeps them at the top. Yes...Spurs are a good team, if not a great team. Lets hope their team spirit, instead of their individual brilliance, will fire them to a great position at season's end.

That being said, I think the addition of Moura is wonderful...a great player


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