Arsenal news: Media figure names three young players ‘behind’ victory against Spurs
Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe were “behind Arsenal’s victory” in North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur, reporter says Paul Brun.
What happened in the North London derby?
Arsenal got a victory 3-1 over their rivals Spurs at Emirates Stadium, Heung-Min Son’s goal proving to be only consolation for the visitors after three first-half goals from Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Saka had put the hosts in full control of the shock.
The three points allowed the Gunners to to go past Spurs in the top half of the Premier League table.
He is also pursuing a nice recovery at Arsenal, having lost their first three matches of the campaign.
The loss to Chelsea last month relegated the Gunners to worst start just one season in their 118-year history.
Spurs, under the guidance of new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo following his appointment in June, go in the opposite direction.
Having won the first three Premier League games of the campaign, they have now lost the last trio games.
What did Paul Brown say about the derby?
Brown nominated Odegaard, Saka and Smith Rowe after putting on impressive performances at Emirates Stadium.
The reporter believes the Gunners trio played a key role in the home side’s victory in midfield.
He believes Spurs’ own midfielder, consisting of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele, couldn’t find a way to deal with them.
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Brown told GMS: “I think the three – Odegaard, Saka and Smith Rowe – worked so well together that Spurs just couldn’t cope.
“The root of Arsenal’s victory was these three and not all of them are yet 23.”
Had Odegaard, Saka and Smith Rowe ever shown they play well together?
Of Arsenal’s three Premier League wins this season, Odegaard and Saka started all of them, while Smith Rowe was named in Mikel Arteta’s starting lineup against Burnley and Spurs after being a to replace against Norwich City.
Although Odegaard was unable to get his name on the scoresheet against Spurs, he made the decisive intervention against Burnley a week earlier as he scored the winner with a perfect free kick.
It was the Norway international’s first goal since returning to Arsenal on a permanent agreement worth £ 30million plus bonuses totaling an additional £ 4million.