Arteta once again left frustrated by Arsenal’s lack of ‘end product’ as Spurs win north London derby

Arsenal’s disappointing start to the campaign continued with a 2-0 defeat at the home of their north London rivals, Spurs, despite dominating the game

Spurs went in front after just 13 minutes, and did so in sensational style. In what is becoming a regular feature of his game, Harry Kane dropped deep to get the ball before releasing his forward partner Heung Min Son, the South Korean advancing down the left, drifting inside before unleashing an unstoppable curling effort past Bernd Leno from all of 25 yards.

Tottenham came into the game with the best defensive record in the division, while Arsenal have endured well-documented struggles in front of goal, and when another Gunners attack broke down on the stroke of half time, the home side launched a devastating counter. Serge Aurier intercepted in his own area before releasing the ball into Giovani Lo Celso who drove towards the box before laying it off to to Son, who in turn played a well-weighted reverse pass into the path of Harry Kane who duly smashed the ball into the back of the net off the underside of the bar.

Arsenal actually had the better of the play, and dominated the ball throughout, though they were unable to break down Jose Mourinho’s well-drilled side with cross after cross being cleared by the Spurs backline – Hugo Lloris only being forced into two saves in the entirety of the game.

Speaking afterwards, Mikel Arteta once again lamented his side’s lack of cutting edge in front of goal, while also criticising Thomas Partey after the Gunners summer signing wandered to the side of the pitch in the buildup to the second goal to leave a gaping hole in the middle of the park.

“We have a lot of the ball but no end product that is required to win football matches,” he told Sky Sports.

“I applaud their first goal, it is world class, but the second goal we are a man down, we leave a massive gap and they take advantage. He [Thomas Partey] has to stay on the pitch. It looks like the same injury he has already had, he will have an MRI.

“After that we dominated, they didn’t have any chances, but they win the game.

“I don’t know what else we can do. If we can’t score goals we cannot improve our situation.

“This is football. They scored a wonder goal and the second we got done on the break because Thomas Partey was not in position, he was injured.

“I saw a team full of passion, dominating the team and creating chances but in the end it is about the end product and that is why they are top of the table. I think we had 44 crosses.”

Next up for Arsenal is a trip to Ireland to face Dundalk, before hosting Burnley at the Emirates next weekend.

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