Lucas Moura’s inswinging corner flashes across the face of goal. The leaping Kane wasn’t too far away from that. Whether it’s fair or not, Mourinho will get pelters for this performance. The early loss of Son was a big blow, even though his replacement gave them the lead, and we don’t know whether Harry Kane is fully fit.
Arsenal have been miles better than Spurs today, and Mikel Arteta will be particularly pleased at the performances of his younger players. “I do admire Mourinho’s one-man war on xG,” says Niall Mullen. “I am also glad he’s not doing it at my club.”
He’s going to win the 2021-22 Premier League with Spurs bottom of the xG table. A bit better from Spurs. Hojbjerg flat cross is helped on by the head of Lamela, near the penalty spot, and saved comfortably by Leno.
“At the sight of José Mourinho just gesticulating in protest of the penalty, I suspect I joined the untold multitude of Arsenal fans making our own gestures at the screen,” says Charles Antaki. “Out of gallantry, I restricted myself to a polite but firm old-fashioned V sign.”
I feel a bit sorry for Spurs, in that Lacazette had missed the chance before Sanchez made contact with him. That said, I suppose a foul is a foul is a foul, and I’m sure Jose Mourinho will agree in his post-match interview.
Lacazette rolls the penalty into the bottom-right corner. Lloris went the wrong way. Pepe put Lacazette through on goal with a superb pass – but then the ball bounced up awkwardly and Lacazette shinned his shot in the comedy style. The ball flew off to the left, away from goal, but Sanchez was already committed to the challenge and he took Lacazette out. Sanchez is booked.