Arsenal tear down Spurs, figuratively and literally, in testy North London

It’s believed that Arsenal will face sanctions from the FA after their fans vandalised the hoardings around White Hart Lane following their Capital One Cup clash against Tottenham, as reported by Eurosport.

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Mathieu Flamini’s double last night saw Arsenal go into the hat for the last 16 of The Capital One Cup.

Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini opened the scoring in the 26th minute after he smashed the ball into the roof of the net from close range. Arsenal’s all time leading goal scorer is of course no stranger to winning North London Derbies, and will know first hand what the atmosphere in the dressing room will be like. Last time Arsenal won was a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane in March of past year.

The biggest difference maker for the Spurs in the match will be newly signed forward Son Heung-min who already created an impact in the club’s previous wins over Qarabağ and Crystal Palace. In the game’s 56th minute, a low cross from Nacer Chadli was unexpectedly turned into a self-goal by Calum Chambers.

French midfielder Coquelin suffered a swollen knee in the 2-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea where Arsenal finished with nine men after having defender Gabriel and Santi Cazorla sent off.

“I’m happy for the team and personally”, Flamini said later.

Wenger said: “His knee is swollen and he is being assessed, but we hope it is just a short-term problem”. “I told him he might have to wait for an opportunity”, Wenger said.

First of all I wanted to rotate the team a little bit and he had worked very [hard] recently. I must say that we were at the requested level physically and mentally from the start onwards. “I fought to keep him but he is at an age where you always consider what it is important at that age, which is to keep focused and stay in the team”.

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And it will take an extraordinary turnaround for Flamini to be offered an extension despite his heroics in the 2-1 win against Tottenham.

Mathieu Flamini scores brace