Arsenal lost more ground on their rivals after 1-0 defeat in the North London Derby.
Harry Kane grabbed his seventh goal in as many games against the Gunners to move Tottenham seven points ahead of their bitter rivals.
It was a game which saw Arsene Wenger give Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the nod over Alexandre Lacazette. The Gabon international struggled to make his mark in the game and subsequently failed to produce a single shot on goal.
After a battling first-half, Sp*rs’ top scorer opened the deadlock as he towered above the Arsenal defenders to head in four minutes after the restart.
Somehow the Gunners were still in the game with just a few minutes remaining following some wasteful finishing Kane, Erik Lamela, Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier.
Sadly Arsene Wenger’s side were unable to capitalise on their rivals spurned opportunities. Alexandre Lacazette was slipped through by Mesut Ozil, but the Frenchman fired wide in the dying seconds of the game.
Here’s THREE things we learned…
SAME PROBLEMS REMAIN
In truth, Arsenal were lucky to escape with the scoreline at 1-0. The Gunners were on the back foot for the majority of the second-half and if not for Sp*rs’ profligate finishing, the scorline could have been embarrassing.
Arsene Wenger should have signed a defender in January, but elected to only bolster his attack.
HELP ME EUROPA LEAGUE – YOU’RE MY ONLY HOPE
The Gunners have fallen seven points adrift of their Tottenham who now occupy 4th. With that being said it appears a Europa League triumph is our best bet of securing Champions League qualification next season – though that target is no easy feat with both Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund having dropped into the knock-out stages.
AUBAMEYANG IN NEED OF BETTER SERVICE
Arsène Wenger started Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a central role, top of a front three, alongside Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Özil, but the 28 year-old spent most of the afternoon with his back to goal and struggled to make his mark.
The Gabonese needs better service to play to his strengths – running in behind.