Lessons learnt: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal looks dejected following the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 06, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Glyn Kirk - Pool/Getty Images)

Arsenal travelled to Spurs yesterday in 15th place, without a win in four Premier League matches, as well as creating the least amount of chances in the league.

Mikel Arteta's side controlled the game for most parts, having 11 shots to Spurs' six, and having 70% of possession.

However, Arsenal were overturned by the quick counter-attack which has damaged so many teams already this season. Goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min sealed the deal for bitter rivals, meaning Arsenal stay 15th.

  • New formation

The game saw the introduction of a new formation which had been used successfully in Thursday night's victory against Rapid Wien. The formation, 4-2-3-1, allowed The Gunners' to create a number of chances, they just wasn't taken.

The new game plan brought the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Kieran Tierney into the game, allowing the three attacking midfielders and full backs to make a series of chances.

Tierney whipped a number of crosses into dangerous areas, as well as Lacazette having a number of chances to pull a goal back for his side. 

The goal just wouldn't come, but the new formation, in the second half, allowed Arteta's side to control the game and move the ball swiftly at times. Spurs just sat back and absorbed the pressure.

We are now creating chances, they just need to be finished.

  • Dani Ceballos

After new boy Thomas Partey was removed from play after another injury, the Spaniard enter the game before half time.

The creative midfielder freed the game up for Arsenal in the second half, moving the ball swiftly, either passing or dribbling into pockets of space.

Unlike Granit Xhaka, Ceballos moved the ball forward, allowing Lacazette, Bukayo Saka and Willian to get on the ball and create a significant number of chances.

Will the Real Madrid Loanee be more of use this season as we are missing that creative spark to make goal scoring opportunities? Or will Xhaka and Mo Elneny fill the two midfield spaces?

  • Scoring goals

Tonight was a true example of why Arsenal are currently struggling in the league. Chances were finally created, however they were not put in the back of the net.

Frenchman, Lacazette, provided his side with the closest chance, heading the ball towards goal, to only be tipped round the post by Lloris.

The Gunners' number nine proved again that he thrives in the attacking midfield role, but his good form has not sparked his Gabonese partner's motivation.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang continues is goal scoring draught, again tonight not getting on the score sheet. Arsenal's captain was anonymous, having his small number of opportunities stopped by Tottenham's defence.

A huge chance was snuffed out by Toby Alderweireld, and another the striker stuttered before laying the ball off.

The Gunners highly improved tonight, but Arteta's next challenge is to get the ball in the back of the net.

  • What's next?

Arsenal next are away in the Europa League to bottom side Dundalk. The Gunners have already secured top spot with a game to spare, meaning that we may see a much weaker side, although we would like to keep our 100% record in Europe.

A team of rising stars may be seen, as The Gunners have an important fixture next in the league at home against Burnley.

A win at home is needed to kick start our league campaign, and to have any chance of securing our league objective, obtaining European football for next season.

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