Arsenal and Tottenham shared the spoils eventually after a pulsating game at the Emirates Stadium.
Tottenham took a two-goal lead and seemed to be cruising in the process but several defensive errors led to Arsenal pulling one back for the hosts before Aubameyang got the equalizer for the Gunners in the second half.
Tottenham this season have been defensively poor and error-prone and the return of Jan Vertongen to the team did not do anything to change that on Sunday.
Going forward, they were brilliant in transition. Their counter-attacks were quick and devastating – something we are accustomed to seeing from the Spurs team. Something that has not there. Son was immense during the game.
A cloud still hangs on Tottenham as a team especially on the defensive end and a little bit going forward.
In their loss to a Newcastle team that defended deep, the likes of Son did not get much joy because there was no space to run into.
Against Arsenal, Son got a lot of 1v1 opportunities on the counter because of the space that Arsenal’s players left when attacking.
Now that Eriksen is back in the side and Dele Alli has returned from injury, their problems at the top end might be solved but what about their defending?
Davinson Sanchez played at right-back in the derby – a decision that supporters didn’t like very much even if Mauricio Pochetinno said he was happy with his efforts.
The Columbian also played a part in the several mistakes made by the Spurs squad leading up to Lacazette’s goal before the interval.
After Kieran Trippier left, people would’ve thought a replacement would have been brought in quickly but none of that happened.
Kyle Walker-Peters is currently injured which means until he returns, Sanchez may continue to play in that makeshift role for the foreseeable future.
With the close of the European window, the atmosphere around the club should begin to improve and team chemistry can begin to grow again.
It might take time to get that bond back especially with all the players dispersing for international football but when they return, they will try to make it business as usual again but this time the usual may as easy to attain because there has been so much controversy within the club.
Their defensive woes might take longer to be rectified which means that we might not see the almost impregnable Tottenham defence.
This puts a lot of pressure on the attack to score more goals and also take less risk knowing it’s not safe at the back.
Tottenham have mildly put in title challenges and fallen off the pace later on but this season, it may not be the same season.