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Arsenal ripped for terrible corner routine in the North London derby

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You'd be hard pressed to argue that Arsenal were favourites ahead of this week's North London derby.

The Gunners haven't exactly been in terrible form this season but their local rivals have been delivering far greater promise in the pursuit of Manchester City. Just look what Tottenham did to Liverpool back in October and you get the point.

Nevertheless, Spurs have only won once at Arsenal in the Premier League era since 1993 and that latest triumph now lingers seven years in the memory.

The latest instalment of the rivalry certainly started in accordance with recent history - the last three games at the Emirates have finished 1-1 - in a tight affair as both glittering strike forces exchanged blows.

Arsene Wenger showed his ambition by lining up with Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil all together for only the second time.

For the majority of the first-half, Tottenham found themselves on the back foot with Wenger seemingly vindicated for his attacking approach.

That final moment of quality was just lacking, however. 

One avenue of success for the hosts looked to be corners with Arsenal racking up five in quick succession during the height of their pressure.

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Nevertheless, to say they were wasteful with one of them would be putting it mildly.

Take a look at the moment the Gunners thought Nacho Monreal was Paul Scholes:

Ozil tried to clear up the mess by latching onto Monreal's whimsical header with a hit-and-hope that miraculously found Skhodran Mustafa who was flagged offside.

Twitter certainly gave them hell for it:

At least their deliver was better from free-kick, however, as an onside Mustafi - at the time of writing - proves the difference between the two sides.

Do you think Arsenal will finish in the top four this season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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