Arsene Wenger has said that a key tactical change was a major factor behind getting a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the reason not London Derby at Emirates stadium. Shkodran Mustafi scored from a set piece situation in the first half before Alexis Sanchez doubled the advantage before the break. This was a vital result for Arsenal, as it helped them to move within a point of Spurs after 12 matches into the season. A delighted Wenger revealed that it was important that Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, and Alexandre Lacazette – three players who had been chosen as the front three – pressed and defended from the front.
Arsenal have been criticised for not performing when it comes to the big matches, as the club has failed time and time again. Yet, they have a good record when it comes to games against Tottenham at home. It was a record that the club managed to preserve in great style. The victory was of paramount importance for this Arsenal team badly in need of a boost in the top four race. After having already missed out on the Champions League last season, the club cannot afford to stay out of the top-level European football for another campaign. After the game, Wenger claimed that his players were mentally and physically better prepared for the game than Spurs.