The Frenchman says success smiled upon the Gunners when the referee gave him the prospect to win the derby from the spot
Alexandre Lacazette had admitted he was “fortunate” to win Arsenal’s decisive penalty towards Tottenham at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal recorded a 2-1 win over their arch-rivals in Sunday’s derby because of targets from Martin Odegaard and Lacazette, with Eric Lamela grabbing what in the end amounted to nothing greater than a comfort for the guests.
There was greater than a contact of controversy about Lacazette’s winner, nonetheless, with the Frenchman having already fluffed his traces when by way of on objective earlier than Davinson Sanchez was penalised for a late deal with.
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“We’re fortunate to get the penalty, I feel, however in fact, I’m joyful,” Lacazette instructed reporters after the sport. “Again within the days I’ve taken lots of penalties towards him [Hugo Lloris] however I used to be assured.”
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Tottenham got here into their newest conflict with the Gunners on the again of 5 successive wins in all competitions, with Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and Son Heung-min firing on all cylinders as an all-star attacking trio.
Nevertheless, Arsenal took the sport to Spurs proper from the very first whistle and Jose Mourinho’s facet had been dealt a serious blow when Son was pressured to withdraw early as a result of a hamstring situation.
It appeared like solely a matter of time earlier than the house facet would rating, however Tottenham landed a sucker punch within the 33rd minute when Eric Lamela produced an outrageous rabona end to open the scoring.
The momentum didn’t swing within the guests’ favour although, with Actual Madrid loanee Odegaard hitting a deflected equaliser for the Gunners simply earlier than the interval.
Arsenal continued to dominate proceedings within the second half and Lacazette received a penalty shortly after the hour mark, with Sanchez punished for sliding in on the striker after he miscued his preliminary effort when one-on-one with Lloris.
Lamela was then despatched off for violent conduct earlier than Spurs lastly started to push ahead, however Arsenal rode a late storm which noticed a Harry Kane free-kick cannon off the publish to safe all three factors.
“It’s worrying. That is our downside,” Lacazette stated of the nervy end to proceedings. “After we are successful we wrestle to handle the sport on the finish. We have to enhance however we received. It is very important win any such sport.
Each groups will now flip their consideration to the second leg of their respective Europa League spherical of 16 ties on Thursday night time. Arsenal might be defending a 3-1 lead once they welcome Olympiacos to Emirates Stadium, whereas Tottenham make a journey to Dinamo Zagreb with a 2-Zero benefit.