Arsenal must use Tottenham as springboard to further success

The win against Tottenham should be the start of something good rather than the opposite

Arsenal deservedly took all three points against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, which capped-off a brilliant week for the Gunners. However, they should continue to build on such wins rather than stumble, which has been the case countless times this campaign.

Last time out, Arsenal advanced to the Round of 16 of the Europa League by beating Benfica. Mikel Arteta’s men then defeated Leicester City away from home to cap off an impressive week.

However, their bid to finish in the European places in the league took a serious hit after they drew with Burnley 1-1. Although the Gunners’ have been unbeaten in Europe this season, what has followed after that has made their own tasks difficult.

Before the North-London derby, Arsenal had won just 6 of the 8 league games that they played after a Europa League fixture.

The victory last night was a victory for Mikel Arteta as much as it was for Arsenal. Spurs didn’t deserve anything from the game against their London rivals and the manager certainly deserves the utmost of credit for it.

Dropping Aubameyang and subsequently losing the derby would have severed his intangible ties with the fans. However, he proved his point with an impressive win against Mourinho’s team, who had lost only two games against Arsenal in his whole career.

“For me, [off-field standards] are the foundation and the platform that we can build something medium and long-term that is sustainable and that can bring us joy and happiness,” said the Spaniard after the match (via

“Without that, I don’t believe that it would happen. That’s why I keep talking about it and acting about it.”

Spurs still hold the upper hand in the table, but this was a serious blow to their hopes of gate-crashing the top-four conversation.

Arteta strengthened his convictions about his “project” going “bang” in the months ahead. That bold claim needs tangible evidence to look credible. And in the match against Tottenham, it did. But Arteta should be wary that his side now come up against West Ham and Liverpool, two teams fighting for a top-four spot.

Lose those, and the pressure will be back sooner than expected.

Yash Bisht

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  1. “Lose those, and the pressure will be back sooner than expected”. YASH, you could have said, but chose not to, “win those, and the pressure on those clubs above us will intensify”.

    IMO, our realistic hopes for top six and IDO NOT ENVISAGE ANY HIGHER AS A POSSIBILITY, rest entirely on gaining atleast four points from our next two Prem games away to West Ham and then home to Liverpool.

    My guess is that will be exactly what we get in those two games. Things WOULD look far better then.

  2. Hopefully Arsenal are peaking at the right time. Its not a formality they can get the better of Olympicos.
    If they do, anything is possible.
    Coyg. Win the Europa Cup

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