Statistics, numbers, heat maps, tactical skills, monitoring devices, excessive tactics in formation levels … some say that football is becoming increasingly standardized and that players can get by without street football, which was the “school” of yesterday’s stars.
On this Sunday in London, the Argentinian Erik Lamela from Tottenham wanted to destroy this argument of the nostalgic – or at least remove the contours of absolute truth. Lamela signed an authentic ‘work of art’ Tottenham lost 2-1 in the London derby against Arsenal and stole the limelight with this magnificent goal.
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Anyone who stopped the picture the second before the end would think that Lamela had no time or space for great juggling, but with a “forest” of opponents in front of her, the South Paw shot a “letter” and terrified his own colleagues , in disbelief with the Argentine goal.
With a movement of the “signature” – Lamela uses this technical resource several times, especially at intersections – the player coined his name in the list of candidates for the Puskás Prize attributed to the author of the best target of the year. And we’re not leaving until March.
Lamela has proven that there is still room for “artists” in football, but what matters most is the sum of the goals – the beautiful and the not-beautiful. In this area he won Arsenal. The team coached by Mikel Arteta dominated much of the game, had more hits, had two balls in the irons and if there was a winner they would have to be the “gunners”.
With this triumph, Arsenal do not leave tenth place, seven points from European places, and Tottenham of José Mourinho keep seventh, three points from that position.
Son left early
For the game, this was a London derby of ups and downs. It started “warm”, improved in the first half and returned to a less emotional tone after the break.
As expected in this confrontation of styles, Arsenal dominated against a little-imported Tottenham with consistency in the defensive process.
The London team sent a ball on the post at 16 ‘from Smith Rowe and 37’ from Cédric, but between one game and another Tottenham had a higher quality period. It was 19 ‘when the Korean son was injured and, interestingly, the departure of one of the Tottenham stars gave the team the highest quality.
Lucas’ move to the left with Lamela in the middle behind Kane gave Mourinho’s team a greater ability to have the ball and connect with the midfielders – Lamela is much more associative in the central zone than Lucas.
After Lamela had already narrated artwork at 33 ‘, Arsenal grew again in the game, almost always attacking from his left side – Tottenham’s right side, in which Gareth Bale did not always support Doherty.
And it was 44 ‘, on one of those forays Tierney easily overtook Doherty and crossed Odegaard who was shooting in the middle of the area. The ball was also deflected by Alderweireld and hit Lloris.
In a game “lukewarm” again, only at 64 ‘there were emotions again. Lacazette appeared before the goal but was defeated by Sánchez. There was a penalty and there was a goal from the French.
About ten minutes later, the fate of the geniuses met. After the goal he scored, Lamela “ruined the picture”: He hit an opponent with the arm with a yellow card and was expelled due to the accumulation of warnings.
The game was already difficult for Tottenham with virtually no injury to Arsenal and it was getting tougher. Despite the inability to create games in a close game, Tottenham were still twice afraid of dead balls: In the 83rd minute Harry Kane saw a well-canceled goal and in the 89th minute hit the post with a direct free kick.