JiLiHOT Daily, September 25th, international reports. In a fiercely contested match on the evening of September 25th in the sixth round of the English Premier League, the North London Derby kicked off. Tottenham’s star striker, Son Heung-min, scored in the opening three minutes, but it was ruled offside. Arsenal immediately launched a counterattack, and surprisingly, it was the 12th Gunner, Cristian Romero, who opened the scoring. Son Heung-min refused to fall behind and equalized just before the end of the first half. In the second half, Saka scored from a penalty spot to extend Arsenal’s lead, but a major mistake followed. Tottenham’s Mason connected with Kane to equalize again. Afterward, there were no more goals, and the first North London Derby of the season ended in a 2-2 draw. South Korea’s captain, Son Heung-min, was awarded the Man of the Match with a score of 8.6.
JiLiHOT Daily：Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Son Heung-min Scores Twice, Cristian Romero’s Own Goal Causes Trouble
In terms of statistics, Tottenham, playing away, had 54% possession of the ball, an 86% passing success rate, took 13 shots with 5 on target out of 74 attacks, and scored 2 goals. Arsenal’s passing success rate was also 84%, with 13 shots, 6 on target out of 95 attacks, excluding Romero’s record-breaking own goal. Tottenham’s attack efficiency was slightly higher, thanks to the perfect coordination between James Maddison and Son Heung-min.
With Tottenham’s star duo of Kane and Son disbanded, Son Heung-min has become the team’s leading striker. In this match against the strong opponent Arsenal, he led the team’s charge. Son scored in the opening three minutes, but it was disallowed for offside. However, Tottenham had clearly warmed up, and in the 25th minute, Arsenal launched a counterattack. Saka passed from the right, and Romero inadvertently deflected the ball into his own net. Arsenal took away Tottenham’s opening goal, but the South Korean captain refused to lose. In the 41st minute, Maddison, in a tight spot, broke free from Saka’s pass, and Son Heung-min followed up with a shot to equalize. The first half ended 1-1.
In the second half, in the 49th minute, Arsenal’s attack intensified. Ben White accidentally hit Romero’s arm, causing a handball, and Saka scored from the penalty spot. Arsenal once again took the lead at 2-1, but Son Heung-min is not one to be taken lightly. In the 54th minute, a fatal mistake occurred when Joe Rodon tried to dribble the ball. Maddison seized the opportunity and sent the ball forward, and Son Heung-min broke through with a solo goal to make it 2-2. Son Heung-min scored twice in the match.
According to JiLiHOT Daily reports, the first round of the North London Derby ended in a 2-2 draw, thanks to the fierce competition between Son Heung-min and Saka. However, if Romero hadn’t scored the own goal, Tottenham would have taken the lead. After this match, Tottenham and Arsenal both slipped in the Premier League standings. Tottenham dropped to fourth place but remained in the Champions League zone. Arsenal fell to fifth place, while Liverpool’s five consecutive wins propelled them to second place, chasing Manchester City. The competition in the Premier League has started fiercely this season, and it can be said that the top teams are all in good form. In the seventh round, Tottenham will face Liverpool, a great opportunity to regain second place, while Arsenal will play against Bournemouth with hopes of returning to the top four. Let’s wait and see.