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Arsenal rebound from Lamela ‘Rabona’ to beat Tottenham

أرسنال يتعافى من هدف لاميلا الرائع ليهزم توتنهام

Reuters

By Martyn Herman

LONDON: Arsenal recovered from the shock of conceding a stunning Erik Lamela goal to claim a deserved 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League’s north London derby on Sunday.

Martin Odegaard’s deflected equaliser on the stroke of halftime and Alexandre Lacazette’s 64th-minute penalty secured Arsenal’s first win in six attempts against their bitter rivals.

It was a mixed afternoon for Lamela who produced an audacious ‘Rabona’ shot to put Tottenham in front against the run of play after 33 minutes at The Emirates — one of the most remarkable goals ever seen in the long-running rivalry.

But the Argentine, who came on for the injured Son Heung-min early on, went from hero to zero when he was sent off in the 76th for catching Kieran Tierney with his flailing forearm.

While Lamela’s goal was unforgettable it could not disguise a largely disappointing display by Tottenham who squandered a great chance to boost their hopes of a top-four finish.

After Lamela’s sending off the visitors’ 10 men finally applied some pressure and they had a Harry Kane goal ruled out late on for offside before he hit the post with a free kick.

Tottenham are now without a league win at Arsenal since 2010 and the defeat left them in seventh spot on 45 points, six behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand. Arsenal stayed in 10th place with 41 points, four off Spurs.

“It was incredible. Going 1-0 down the way we were playing was disappointing and the worst-case scenario against a team like Spurs. But we kept playing and deserved the win,” said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

SHARPER ARSENAL

Arsenal were far sharper than Tottenham in the early stages and were unlucky not to go ahead when Emile Smith-Rowe rattled the crossbar with a curling effort from distance.

Shortly afterwards South Korean Son went down holding his leg and was replaced by Lamela who was soon to make an impact.

Lucas Moura did well to take down Sergio Reguilon’s long pass and fed the ball to Lamela who, from the left edge of the penalty area, wrapped his left leg around his right standing leg to ping a low shot past the bamboozled Bernd Leno.

It was the second time in his Spurs career that Lamela had scored with the so-called ‘Rabona’, a difficult trick that originates from his native Argentina, having also scored with one in the Europa League in 2014.

Arsenal’s response was strong, however, and they were unlucky again when Cedric Soares hit the post with a piledriver.

The hosts got their reward though when Tierney’s cut back was met by Norwegian youngster Odegaard whose shot deflected off defender Toby Alderweireld before beating keeper Hugo Lloris.

Arsenal, who had left skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench for “disciplinary reasons”, went ahead when Tottenha defender Davinson Sanchez made a clumsy tackle in the penalty area on Lacazette who had just scuffed an attempted volley.

Lacazette got up to beat Lloris from the spot.

Lamela was shown a second yellow card for catching Tierney but Spurs then produced their best spell with Kane’s header ruled out for offside and the England skipper thudding a free kick against the post with Sanchez’s follow-up cleared off the line by Gabriel.

رويترز

لندن: تعافى أرسنال من صدمة التأخر بهدف إيريك لاميلا الرائع ليحقق فوزا مستحقا 2-1 على ضيفه توتنهام هوتسبير في قمة شمال لندن بالدوري الانجليزي الممتاز لكرة القدم يوم الأحد.

وعادل مارتن أوديجارد النتيجة لأرسنال بعد أن اصطدمت محاولته بلاعب من توتنهام لتدخل الشباك قبل الاستراحة وسجل ألكسندر لاكازيت من ركلة جزاء في الدقيقة 64 ليحقق أرسنال أول انتصار في ست محاولات أمام غريمه اللدود.

ولعب لاميلا دور البطل والشرير في هذه الهزيمة بعد أن سجل هدفا بطريقة “رابونا” ليضع توتنهام في المقدمة على عكس سير اللعب بعد 33 دقيقة على استاد الامارات وهو واحد من أجمل الأهداف في مواجهات الفريقين.

لكن اللاعب الأرجنتيني، الذي حل بدلا من سون هيونج-مين المصاب، تعرض للطرد في الدقيقة 76 بسبب الاعتداء على كيران تيرني.

وأهدر الفريق الزائر فرصة كبيرة لتعزيز آماله في انهاء الموسم في المربع الذهبي.

وبعد طرد لاميلا ضغط توتنهام بعشرة لاعبين وألغي هدف لهاري كين بسبب التسلل قبل أن يسدد اللاعب ذاته في القائم من ركلة حرة.

ولا يزال توتنهام بدون أي انتصار في الدوري في ضيافة أرسنال منذ 2010 وتركته الهزيمة في المركز السابع متأخرا بست نقاط عن تشيلسي الرابع. واستمر أرسنال عاشرا برصيد 41 نقطة متأخرا بأربع نقاط عن توتنهام.

وقال ميكيل أرتيتا مدرب أرسنال “إنه انتصار لا يصدق. التأخر بهدف على عكس سير اللعب كان مخيبا وأسوأ سيناريو يمكن حدوثه أمام منافس بحجم توتنهام. لكننا واصلنا القتال واستحق الفريق الفوز”.

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