Spurs were the victors in this second North London Derby of the season, as goals from Son and Ali were enough to win it, despite a raft of chances for the Gunners.
Unai Emery made changes to the lineup as expected, but those changes raised a few eyebrows - well, at least one of them.
With our shortage of fit defenders, Granit Xhaka was named as centre back to partner Sokratis, and the Swiss man has been used as a band-aid of sorts recently, with a stint as left-back quite recently.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was named as sole striker, and Welshman Aaron Ramsey was given a rare start, after his excellent cameo in our recent NLD win.
The game started similarly to that win, with our team pressing well and creating well too, Mkhitaryan going just wide from a corner as early as the second minute, and replays indicated that we should have had a penalty, as Monreal was held back by Keiran Trippier, but the referee gave no dice.
Then, Ramsey got involved. The contract rebel played a one-two with Iwobi and his fizzed effort went just wide. We were buzzing and in control, but spurs were well in this too.
Dele Alli looked set to pull the trigger, but Ainsley Maitland-Niles got in at the crucial moment to clear. We went immediately down the other end and created the best chance of the game, but when clean through, Mkhitaryan put his shot straight at Gazzaniga. What a let off for spurs.
The game started to become cagey and this played into the away side’s hands, and they took the lead on the 20 minute mark.
Son was played through by Ali and he curled a shot past Cech and into the net. We had enjoyed the better of the game, but we were a goal down.
A few minutes later, Guendouzi played through Auba, but his shot went wide. We were being extremely profligate, and it was costing us dearly. We had made enough to be winning, but instead we were losing at home.
Chances began to flow quickly, and Sissoko fired well over when well placed and Maitland-Niles hit his shot over too after a corner.
Time was dripping away, but Ramsey came the closest to scoring just before halftime, but his volley was well saved by Gazzaniga onto the post. We were unlucky, but we went in at the break a goal down.
The second half saw an immediate change, with Koscielny coming on for Mkhitaryan. The change in shape didn’t affect our form though, we were keeping the ball and teasing around the box, we just couldn’t get the ball in the net.
Lacazette came on for Iwobi as Emery looked to heap more pressure on spurs, but instead, spurs doubled their lead. Alli broke the offside trap and put the ball over the onrushing Cech, and we now had a mountain to climb.
We almost made an instant impact, but Lacazette touched his effort onto the post. We were pushing, but it wasn’t as heavy as before, the second goal had sucked the motivation from us.
Youngster Eddie Nketiah came on to add the numbers up top, and we had a few corners - we even hit the woodwork for the third time, but spurs were walking into the distance.
We looked spent, and Ali and Kane - as well as the away support - were enjoying the moment. We had created enough but spurs had been more clinical with their less shots on goal - and made us pay.
This may have been for a lesser trophy, but it was still a North London Derby, so any loss smarts more than a little.
This makes us all square for the season, and the decider could decide league placings as well as bragging rights.
Let’s hope we take our chances next time.