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Saturday 21 September 2019

Arsenal v Tottenham - story of the match

Shkodran Mustafi celebrates Arsenal's opener
Shkodran Mustafi celebrates Arsenal's opener

Arsenal secured their first north London derby win since 2014 with a comprehensive 2-0 success against Tottenham.

Arsene Wenger's men had failed to win their last six games against their local rivals, but first-half goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez secured victory.

Spurs had every right to feel aggrieved about the award of the free-kick that led to Arsenal's opener, but they were outplayed throughout as their poor record in big away games under Mauricio Pochettino continued.

Tweet of the match

@GaryLineker: " Big gameitis again for Spurs thus far. For all their progress under Pochettino the lack of victories over the big teams is alarming."

Star man - Mesut Ozil

He played 180 minutes for his national team over the last week but appeared one of the freshest players on the field. In comparison, Tottenham's Harry Kane and Dele Alli, who both pulled out of the England friendlies through injury, looked lethargic and were replaced with 15 minutes to go. Ozil, often criticised for not turning up for the big games, set up the opening goal with a fine free-kick, was a part of most of Arsenal's best moves and earned a deserved standing ovation when he was replaced with six minutes left.

Moment of the match

Davinson Sanchez had appeared to win the ball cleanly from Alexis Sanchez on the Arsenal left, but referee Mike Dean spotted a foul from the Spurs defender. And from the resulting free-kick, Ozil swung in a fine cross which was met by a Mustafi header. Tottenham had every right to feel aggrieved about the award of the set-piece, but there was no doubting the quality in both the delivery and the finish from Arsenal's German duo.

View from the bench

Pochettino has rightly earned plenty of plaudits for his work at Tottenham, but this latest defeat raises more questions about his record in big games. Since the Argentinian took over, Spurs have won just one of 17 league trips to the other big-six clubs - a 2-1 win at Manchester City in February 2016. With Pochettino targeting Premier League and Champions League glory, it is a problem he is going to have to sort quickly. A trip to the Etihad Stadium is under a month away.

Player ratings

Arsenal: Petr Cech 6, Hector Bellerin 8, Shkodran Mustafi 8, Laurent Koscielny 7, Nacho Monreal 6, Sead Kolasinac 5, Granit Xhaka 6, Aaron Ramsey 8, Mesut Ozil 8, Alexis Sanchez 8, Alexandre Lacazette 7. Subs: Francis Coquelin (on for Lacazette, 73 mins) 5, Alex Iwobi (on for Ozil, 84 mins) 6.

Tottenham: Hugo Lloris 6, Kieran Trippier 5, Eric Dier 5, Davinson Sanchez 5, Jan Vertonghen 4, Ben Davies 4, Moussa Sissoko 5, Mousa Dembele 5, Dele Alli 4, Christian Eriksen 6, Harry Kane 5. Subs: Harry Winks (on for Dembele, 62 mins) 6, Fernando Llorente (on for Kane, 75 mins) 5, Son Heung-min (on for Alli, 75 mins) 4.

Who's up next?

Cologne v Arsenal (Europa League, November 23)

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham (Champions League, November 21)

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