Nothing is more satisfying for an Arsenal fan, than beating Spurs at White Heart Lane. Doing that, in a cup competition is an added pleasure. The last two games have been terrible for Arsenal. Two defeats, three red cards and just a case of bad luck led many people to believe, that Arsenal were back to their usual slump that they go through in periods every season. But, they’ve now beaten Spurs in the third round of the League Cup at White Hart Lane and all is forgotten.
There were 5 major talking points from this exhilarating Tottenham vs Arsenal game.
As expected, both sides made changes to their starting 11. But, it sure wasn’t expected that both clubs would be so bold with the number of changes. Just three Spurs players in Eric Dier, Harry Kane and Nacer Chadli started in the weekend win against Crystal Palace. Whereas for Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey was the sole survivor from Stamford Bridge.
It’s probably fair to say, Spurs fielded their best attacking players with Harry Kane, Chadli, Eriksen and Townsend. While in defence, they had a newcomer into the first team setup in Austrian international, Kevin Wimmer along with relatively experienced, Federico Fazio.
Meanwhile, Arsenal even with their ten changes, seemed like a pretty experienced outfit. Both Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini started the game in the absence of Coquelin (injury) and Cazorla (suspension), while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Campbell started on either side of Olivier Giroud. Per Mertesacker returned to the side after nearly a month, with Calum Chambers earning his second start of the season after the horror show against Liverpool.