Tactical analysis of Arsene Wenger's masterclass for Arsenal's victory v Tottenham

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So, after talks of a 'power shift' in north London, Arsene Wenger and Arsenal finally answered their critics with a brilliant performance against high-flying Tottenham.

Mauricio Pochettino's side arrived as the bookies favourite, but were dominated from start to finish by a determined and well-organised Gunners side.

The 2-0 score line almost flattered Spurs, with Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez notching two first half goals.

Had it not been for the impressive Davinson Sanchez on the right-hand side of Poch's back three, Wenger's team would likely have scored more.

It was quite amazing how much of a difference was made to the pretty much the same lineup that was so poor in the 3-1 loss to Manchester City.

Alexandre Lacazette and Mustafi were the only new additions to the starting XI, in place of Francis Coquelin and Alex Iwobi.


One YouTuber by the name of Nouman has provided an excellent video detailing the tactical movements implemented by Wenger which completely schooled his opponent.

The key element was how he used the front three, a tactic which worked to devastating effect.

The pressing was so precise from start to finish, thwarting Poch's love of building attacks from the back and keeping possession.

Arsenal man-marked all available passing options when on the ball, with Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka doing a masterful job of keeping Christian Eriksen anonymous with their positioning.

Nouman's points certainly make for interesting viewing.


Another interesting point of analysis was how Wenger won the battle of the wingbacks.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Wenger allowed Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin to push right up the park, limiting Spurs' width and allowing the front three to wreak havoc in more central positions.

Restricting Kieran Trippier and Ben Davis is not an easy task, but Arsenal did it so, so well.

Spurs were forced into a narrow defensive line, something which was easily exploited time and time again.


Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

The derby was the ultimate proof that while he does have a number of faults, Wenger is an extremely capable football manager at the highest level.

If Arsenal can use this display as a template for the rest of the season, they will certainly be a threat to the top four.

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