We learnt from the Arse­nal vs Tot­ten­ham match

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - JACK DE MENEZES

KANE’S FIN­ISH­ING IN­STINCT CAN’T BE RE­PLACED, BUT HE LACKED SHARP­NESS It was im­me­di­ately clear that Tot­ten­ham’s goal threat was back. The re­turn of Harry Kane al­most paid off in the first half when his glanc­ing header nar­rowly missed creep­ing in­side the far post, and had he been at full match fit­ness, there’s a case to ar­gue that he would have got him­self onto the end of Son He­ung-min’s dan­ger­ous cross be­fore that. But as it was, a seven-week lay-off took its toll. Kane just lacked that half a step needed to make the dif­fer­ence, with his touch let­ting him down on oc­ca­sion. That said, you could see the dif­fer­ence be­tween him and Vin­cent Janssen, left on the bench, with the amount of dan­ger­ous balls Lau­rent Ko­scielny and Shko­dran Mustafi had to deal with.

XHAKA PLAY­ING HIS WAY INTO CA­ZORLA’S ROLE Head­ing into his first north Lon­don derby, the pres­sure ap­peared to be on Granit Xhaka and his well-doc­u­mented dis­ci­plinary record, hav­ing been sent-off in his last league out­ing at the Emi­rates against Swansea. Even Arsene Wenger ad­dressed it in his pre-match press con­fer­ence, and con­firmed he had spo­ken to Xhaka about im­prov­ing his tem­per­a­ment. But in­stead of crack­ing un­der the pres­sure, Xhaka thrived. He also dis­played a won­der­ful touch with the ball at his feet.

ARSE­NAL STILL DON’T CON­VINCE AT THE BACK DE­SPITE IM­PROVE­MENTS For ev­ery­thing that Mustafi has brought to the side this sea­son, he’s still just short of the ta­lent of Ko­scielny. The pair work very well to­gether, but Mustafi just has that odd mis­take in his locker. He was left ex­posed when Son spun past and sprinted away from him in the open­ing min­utes, and for all his dom­i­nance in the air, it looks like it is on the floor against speed mer­chants were he strug­gles a bit. Mustafi re­mains the best op­tion Wenger has had to part­ner Ko­scielny but as time wears on we’ll un­der­stand more if he is the long-term so­lu­tion to the Arse­nal de­fence.

PO­CHET­TINO’S WIM­MER GAM­BLE FAILS TO PAY OFF Kevin Wim­mer was a sur­prise in­clu­sion when then team sheets landed in the me­dia cen­tre, half-caused by Dele Alli’s ab­sence and also by Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s de­ci­sion to switch to a 34-3. It was a de­ci­sion that sparked ques­tions, and al­most im­me­di­ately pro­vided the wrong an­swers for the Spurs man­ager. Wim­mer charged late into Co­quelin to pick up a yel­low card in the sixth minute, and it would only get worse when he headed the ball into his own net from Özil’s free-kick. If the Ar­gen­tine is to stick with this 3-4-3 for­ma­tion, then he needs to wait un­til Toby Alder­weireld is fit to re­turn.

EU­ROPE TAKES ITS TOLL – AGAIN Two weeks’ ago, all four Cham­pi­ons League sides failed to win their first Premier League game after their ex­ploits in Eu­rope. Come full­time at the Emi­rates, only Le­ices­ter City had the chance to buck that trend but they too fell short after los­ing 2-1 to West Brom. Manch­ester City were held by Mid­dles­brough de­spite tak­ing a wave of mo­men­tum from their vic­tory over Barcelona, and come the fi­nal five min­utes of the north Lon­don derby, both Arse­nal and Spurs looked to be run­ning on empty.

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