It was a roller-coaster of emotions for the Arsenal faithfuls as they saw their team take the lead, go behind and then lead again as the Gunners defeated Tottenham Hotspurs 4-2 at the Emirates.
The derby was sure to serve up a lot of drama as both teams were looking to stake their claim for a top four place and it was Unai Emery’s side that came out on top.
What an incredible finish from Aubameyang!
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Pochettino decided to take out Alderweireld at Vertonghen’s expense while sticking with the inexperienced Foyth. Emery meanwhile put his faith in Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, leaving Ramsey and Lacazette on the bench.
Vertonghen handled the ball in the penalty area in the 9th minute and Aubameyang stepped up to bury the resulting penalty beyond Hugo Lloris.
Arsenal were then guilty of missing chances, First with Aubameyang failing to finish a fine move in the 13 minute while Iwobi should have done better, missing a scoring chance.
The gunners were made to pay when Eric Dier levelled the score, heading Christian Eriksen’s free-kick in. Four minutes later, Tottenham were ahead courtesy of a penalty goal by Harry Kane after Holding had fouled Son in the box.
The gunners went into half-time trailing and Emery rang the changes at half-time with Iwobi and Mkhitaryan making way for Lacazette and Ramsey.
That looked to be an inspired substitution as Ramsey laid a fine ball for Aubameyang to get his second goal of the game.
The two Arsenal substitutes then combined as Ramsey, again set up Lacazette whose shot went off Dier and into the net.
Torreira added gloss to the score by getting Arsenal’s fourth while Vertonghen’s bad day at the office continued as he was shown a red card for a tackle on Lacazette.
Arsenal stay within the top four in fourth position while Tottenham remain in fifth position.