Monday, December 11, 2023

The Son stopped the reign of Saka

North London was left without a king. Undefeated, the Gunners and Spurs arrived at the Emirates Stadium event for the first time in the history of the Premier League, and the students of Mikel Arteta and Ange Postecoglou will remain unbeaten after six games played. Even without kings, two princes are good. Bukayo Saka, for Arsenal, and Heung-min Anak, for Tottenham, starred in the closest Northern Derby in recent years.

In his 86th consecutive Premier League appearance with Arsenal, more than any footballer in Gunner history, Bukayo Saka enjoyed an assist from Cuti Romero to end the duel against Spurs with a penalty goal and a goal that he did not get but yes challenged. . However, just like the Argentina defender, the Arsenal star also made a mistake. And James Maddison gladly accepted the order launched by his countryman.

In the first derby between Arsenal and Tottenham without Harry Kane since 2015, Heung-min Son regained the scoring instinct that had been missing for most of last season. The Gunners took the lead twice, and the Spurs captain tied the game twice (1-1). Who assisted the South Korean forward in both goals? James Maddison. In the absence of Harry Kane, the former Leicester City player has been a good partner for Heung-min Son.

Four goals for Bukayo Saka, five for the South Korean, four assists for James Maddison and 14 points for each team. A draw that confirmed the good feelings Ange Postecoglou’s students sent at the start of the season and that kept the Gunners away from Manchester City. And, after the first six days of the league season, Pep Guardiola’s men are four points ahead of Arsenal.

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Maddison returned the ‘dart’ to Saka

With a great atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium and Eddie Nketiah replacing the injured Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard in the Gunner eleven, Heung-min Son opened the North London Derby with an offside goal. However, visiting goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario would score the first two big interventions of the game.

The first, after Gabriel Jesus’ left-footed shot at the far post. The second, the result of a serious mistake by Destiny Udogie. The Spurs left-back returned without looking, giving the ball to Eddie Nketiah, but the English striker ran at the Tottenham goalkeeper.

Mikel Arteta’s charges were not far ahead of their northern neighbours, but their ball control and Cuti Romero’s early error allowed the home team to hit the first blow. The average shot from the top of the area by Bukayo Saka found itself on this occasion with the knee of the Argentine defender, which completely changed its path and made Guglielmo Vicario’s attempt impossible. The Emirates Stadium exploded with their starboy 1-0 26 minutes into the game. But the Gunner fiefdom party is just getting started.

Bukayo Saka copied his compatriot and rival James Maddison in celebration, and the gesture could not have been worse for Arsenal’s ‘7’. After a mistake by the English midfielder of Tottenham that almost made it 2-0 and a save by David Raya like Iker Casillas, from one goal to another to avoid a spur tie, James Maddison danced to Bukayo Saka in the band before handing over the Tottenham captaincy. the 1-1 score.

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Two more interventions by Arsenal’s Spanish goalkeeper, starting in the third game in a row, preceded Heung-min Son’s first goal of the game. The Spurs ’10’ dislodged the local winger with cleverness and gave the South Korean his first assist of the afternoon. And without Harry Kane, the Spurs captain seems to have found his new ideal partner.

They didn’t stop

If Cuti Romero makes his first match with his knee, the second will come with his hand. The shot fired by Ben White inside the area after the chaos after a corner kick went straight into the hand of the world champion. When Robert Jones consulted the screen, it was clear to him: penalty for Arsenal. Responsible for executing and scoring is Bukayo Saka. Fourth goal of the season for the Englishman.

Although on this occasion the Gunner star saved the dart for James Maddison, the joy was short-lived at the Emirates Stadium. Once again James Maddison and Heung-min Son, this time with a valuable assist from Jorginho, scored the second goal of the game for Spurs.

The Italian midfielder, who came on at half-time in place of Declan Rice, fell asleep taking the ball from behind and allowing Tottenham’s ’10’ to regain possession of the entire opposition field in front of him. James Maddison drove to the edge of the area, where he fed the ball to the South Korean striker who, with a subtle touch, beat David Raya again.

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Thanks to a wrong Gunner, but also a good exercise of personality and character, Ange Postecoglou’s students restored the tie on the scoreboard. Spurs finished the first half better than their northern neighbours, but they started and played the second better than Arsenal.

The final stage of the match, marked by inaccuracies and, above all, the haste of Mikel Arteta’s students, did not provide a great or good chance for any team. It was in extra time, when the referee added 10 minutes of stoppage time, when the Gunners completely tilted the field towards Guglielmo Vicario’s goal, although there was no result.


Kai Havertz (45′, Fábio Vieira), Jorginho (45′, Declan Rice), Manor Solomon (62′, Brennan Johnson), Reiss Nelson (76′, Gabriel Jesus), Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (77′, James Maddison), Richardson (78′, Son Heung-Min), Emile Smith Rowe (96′, Bukayo Saka)


1-0, 25′: Christian Romero1-1, 41′: Heung-Min Son2-1, 53′: Bukayo Saka2-2, 54′: Heung-Min Son


Referee: Robert Jones
Referee WHERE: Paul Tierney, Harry Lennard
Odegaard (14′, Yellow) Iyenoma Destiny Udogie (14′, Yellow) Papa Sarr (45′, Yellow) Yves Bissouma (45′, Yellow) Kai Havertz (56′, Yellow) Eddie Nketiah (66′, Yellow) Christian Romero (74′, Yellow)


Classification PT PJ PG PE PP

3 15 6 5 0 1
4 14 6 4 2 0
5 14 6 4 2 0
6 12 6 4 0 2
7 10 6 3 1 2

Classification PT PJ PG PE PP

2 16 6 5 1 0
3 15 6 5 0 1
4 14 6 4 2 0
5 14 6 4 2 0
6 12 6 4 0 2
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