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Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham - What Power Shift?

Arsenal put on a show as they served a timely reminder to everyone - and spurs - that the much-vaunted power shift in North London is a product of fiction.The way we performed in this 2-0 win showed we are capable of so much more and that spurs may well be performing well over the last two seasons, but our team is the stronger one.The build up to the game came with the good news of Shkodran Mustafi’s return to the side, and that Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez were starting together. This trio, if on form, can rip any side to shreds but we have seen precious little minutes of the three in the same side. Mauricio Pochettino was without Toby Alderweireld but Eric Dier started in the centre of the defence alongside Davidson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen. Their midfield consisted of Moussa Dembele and Moussa Sissokho, but they were to be crushed by the might of Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and a real team effort in both defence and attack.From the opening minutes, the difference in our intensity was present for all to see. No time was afforded to spurs on the ball and we were winning the crucial second balls. The chances began to show and a wild Lacazette shot sailing over and a dangerous Hector Bellerin cross across the face of goal may not have troubled Hugo Lloris, but they did prove the good positions we were getting into.It was fascinating to watch this kind of performance from our team. It was cohesive and most importantly, it was all-action. We did everything as a unit. Mesut Ozil was absolutely everywhere and instigating attacks as well as tracking back and Alexis put his performance against City to rest with his usual mix of running and great touches.For all of our dominance though, spurs came closest on the 33rd minute with a low shot that hit the outside of the near post. This wasn’t one of those games where we would come to rue our missed chances and domination though.Just two minutes later, a long pass from deep found Sanchez being marked by, well, Sanchez. Alexis headed it past the Colombian but the spurs defender put arms across the Chilean and had a little nibble of his shirt. Surprisingly, Mike Dean actually agreed with us fans and gave a free kick about thirty five yards out. Mesut Ozil swung in a delicious effort and Shkodran Mustafi rose higher than anyone to head a brilliant effort to the back post that sailed in past Lloris.Six minutes later, we were in dreamland. A great ball found Lacazette in a channel and the Frenchman ran into the box and fed a quick ball across to Alexis, who touched the ball and from close range, fired high into the net to make it two.We saw out the half comfortably, and Kane and spurs were completely nulified.The second half saw a bit more spurs possession but they continued to struggle to test Cech. Shkodran Mustafi was having a great game and he produced a crucial block to deny Kane a shot on target, but that was as near as they would come.A string of substitutions around the 65-70 minute mark broke the game up and the game began to stretch. We were playing on the break and we were rampaging forward in streams, looking positively venomous with intent. Petr Cech was eventually called into question around the 80 minute mark, but the Czech stopper pulled out a fingertip save from an Eric Dier header to keep hold of his clean sheet. Five minutes later, Ozil was substituted and he walked off to a standing ovation and his name sung around our stands, deservedly so. In the last five minutes, we very nearly got the third goal our display deserved, but Lloris denied Sanchez and sub Iwobi shot wide.The entire game showed we can have a touch of optimism about our side, knowing that we can put in a shift for the entire game that can damage any side. We didn’t allow spurs to play and we were their superior’s all over the pitch.We are now one point behind spurs and United. Not bad for a side not even the best in North London, is it...