Arsenal produced a stunning second-half comeback to beat Tottenham 4-2 in a thrilling North London derby.
The Gunners had been the better side in the opening half hour, but only had a 1-0 lead to show for their efforts, thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early penalty – given for a needless handball by Jan Vertonghen.
Showing hunger for the fight, Unai Emery’s men were in control and missed a number of opportunities to extend their advantage, against a lacklustre Spurs.
But the home side somehow managed to not just give up their lead, but fall behind after four dismal minutes.
Eric Dier headed home from a freekick – with a melee involving players and subs from both teams ensuing as he celebrated – before Harry Kane fired home a penalty after Rob Holding’s foul on Son.
But Pochettino’s side failed to press home their advantage, and 10 minutes into the second half were caught cold as Aubameyang fired home his second from 20 yards, after being teed up by half-time sub Aaron Ramsey.
Ramsey would play his part in Arsenal’s go-ahead goal with 15 minutes remaining also, as another sub, Alexandre Lacazette, saw his effort deflect off Dier and into the bottom corner.
And shortly after, Lucas Torreira, outstanding at the heart of things, wrapped up the three points with his first Arsenal goal, rifling past Lloris after surging into the area.
Vertonghen, who started the madness, was sent off late on for a foul on Lacazette, referee Mike Dean having little option but to show him the second yellow, and ensuring Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to 19 matches.
Here are six talking points from a rip-roaring affair at the Emirates…
1. Ozil’s absence
After being left on the bench for the duration at Bournemouth last weekend, the big question ahead of the derby was whether Unai Emery would return the German playmaker to the Gunners starting XI.
The marriage of Ozil and Emery is one of convenience and, seemingly, the Spaniard is keen to get out of a union that was made for him when Ozil inked a £350,000-a-week deal back in January.
Here, Ozil didn’t make the matchday squad. Officially, he was left out of the squad completely due to a back complaint; “back spasms” according to the club.
Alas, amid suggestions on Saturday evening of another row between the No.10 and Emery – when the Arsenal boss allegedly told him he wouldn’t be starting and would again be on the bench – it all seems very convenient. Emery’s pre-match declaration of “back ache” wasn’t entirely convincing either.
Did they row? Is Ozil legitimately injured? For as long as they both remain in North London, this seems set to run and run.