Tottenham’s Man of the Match against Arsenal, Jan Vertonghen, believes that his side won because they wanted it more than the Gunners.
- Spurs 4 points off Chelsea at top
- Arsenal 6 points off 4th
- Tottenham better all over pitch
- Vertonghen hailed Spurs’ performance
Spurs beat Arsenal just about all over the pitch during the last ever North London Derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
“It was a massive game in so many different ways,” Vertonghen told Sky Sports News.
“We showed from the start we wanted to win more than them, and that we want to stay in the title race.
“It was a great performance throughout the team, from Hugo (Lloris) to Harry.”
Spurs had the most possession (52%), most shots (20 to Arsenal’s 12), almost three times as many corners as the Gunners (14), and committed five less fouls (seven).
It did look as if they wanted it more.
Spurs needed to keep the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table, whereas Arsenal, who are supposed to be battling for a top-four finish, looked as if they couldn’t be bothered.
The differences between the two teams could be seen all over the pitch, from Harry Kane earning and scoring a (contentious) penalty while Olivier Giroud struggled to even get in the game.
The only area in which Arsenal were better was in goal, where Petr Cech made nine saves, preventing the 2-0 scoreline from being completely humiliating.