NLD: Arsenal Outshine Bitter Rivals Against All Odds

Arsenal the greatest club in the world,
Arsenal the greatest club in the whole world.

An afternoon that looked like one that will end up miserable for Arsenal experienced a magical turnaround at the loud Emirates Stadium as the Gunners came from behind to record a remarkable win in their first game in the month of December.

The lineup comprised same set of players who featured in our 2-1 win over Bournemouth exactly a week ago. Mesut Ozil missed out completely through a back spasm problem.

I would say without any bias that poor and incompetent officiating from Mike Dean almost cost us that game. The referee's questionable decisions in the first half was the reason Tottenham Hotspur were two goals up at the time they were. All that did not matter at the end of the day because it's all red in North-London right now.

The Sunday fixture saw the Gunners take the lead via the penalty spot with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being the man behind the 10th-minute opener. The penalty was awarded following a handball from Jan Vertonghen (he was sent off late in the game after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Lacazette) at the time a corner kick came into the area.

We would have doubled our tally soon after but the quick intervention of Hugo Lloris ensured that Alex Iwobi's goal-bound shot did not go in. Two dangerous attempts from Heung-min Son followed. However, Bernd Leno denied both to the joy of the home supporters.

The ugly moments of the game showed up in quick succession when in the space of four minutes, Spurs got two controversial decisions to their favour and snatched two goals in the process. First it was an undeserved freekick and then a penalty from what was clearly a dive from Son. Eric Dier scored the first and raced off in front of the home fans causing a scuffle with the Arsenal substitutes. He was booked for that. As for the penalty kick, it was Harry Kane who converted

The flow from Arsenal got truncated at this point. Morale was on the low and if there is just one fan who was so angry at Mike Dean, I was the one. In fact, I am still not cool with him despite our victory. Who does that all because he got a whistle in his hands? Who? Good he was put to shame at the end.

Again we were unable to be in front at half time but still did not fail to replicate tremendous second half displays. Unai Emery's introduction of Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette did not pay off immediately but was the magical wand after all.

Arsenal's struggles were put to an end when Ramsey managed to send the ball towards Aubameyang on the edge of the box and as usual, the Gabonese did not waste any time in sending an unstoppable one past Lloris to grab his 12th goal of the season in all competitions. He is the first player to reach 10 goals in the Premier League this season and the first to score with 10 consecutive shots in the Premier League since October 2007.

Hector Bellerin's loose pass almost gifted Tottenham the lead but Leno made a high leap to send it out of play. Danger cleared and it was time for Arsenal to retake the lead after Auba's equaliser.  A double followed in no time. Ramsey set up Lacazette, the striker then fired from 20 yards and the ball which looked weak found its way into the bottom corner. This goal made me jubilate in a weird manner. It was worth it,.

The noise at our home ground increased shortly after as Lucas Torreira opened his Arsenal scoring record with a close-range tap in to make it 4-2. It is something sweet for Arsenal players to score their debut goal against Spurs and that was visible in his celebration. The Uruguayan took off his shirt and raced off. He got booked at the end. That didn't bother him.

That was enough to give us all three points and secure our nineteenth straight game without defeat in all competitions. The win pushed us to fourth spot above Tottenham though still level on points with them.

We will be heading next to Old Trafford to meet the Devils of Manchester on Wednesday. Today's result will go a long way in boosting us ahead of the trip. Hope to record another big win from another big game. We can do it!

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