It was perhaps the most predictable 2-2 draw there has ever been. It is perhaps the best type of result for a game such as this.
Both Arsenal and Tottenham left the Emirates Stadium with simulatneous relief and frustration at not losing but not getting more.This is, afterall, a game of risk and reward and Spurs most certainly brought their attack to the party. Unlike toothless Antonio Conte sides that set-up often to hold out for as long as possible without conceding, 30 minutes at 1-0 sounded decent then, Ange Postecoglou went for it.
This alone is refreshing behaviour, spoken and predicted by the manager himself in a way that galvanised those that have bad memories of fixtures at this very ground over the years. Postecoglou, as is now just simply the case, had the walk to back up the talk.
Spurs are the neutral's team with the darling manager in the top flight, a far cry from where they were just four months earlier. It has been reflected, too, in the wider reaction to the game. Here's what some of the outlets had to say.
David Haynter writes: «But who have they beaten? Three teams in the bottom four and, er, Manchester United. Tottenham had heard the attempts to explain away their excellent start to life under Ange Postecoglou, their finest opening to a season in 58 years.
»This would be the acid test, a truer gauge of where they stood – a derby against their neighbours at whose stadium they never seem to win. What we learned after a stirring contest is that they are looking like a serious proposition.
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