Son Heung-min (31) took off his face protection mask for the first time after an orbital fracture and played full-time, but Tottenham completely lost in the ‘North London Derby’ against Arsenal.
Tottenham lost 0-2 in the 20th round home game of the 2022-2023 English Professional Football Premier League (EPL) against Arsenal held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on the 16th (Korean time).
As a result, Tottenham lost both North London derbies in one season for the first time in nine years since the 2013-2014 season. Tottenham also lost 1-3 to Arsenal on an away trip in October last year.
Tottenham, who had 33 points with 10 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses, remained in 5th place, and the gap with 4th place, which is given the right to participate in the UEFA Champions League, widened further.
Manchester United, currently in fourth place, has 12 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses, with 38 points. After beating Manchester City the previous day, they are showing off their upward trend by running on a 9-game winning streak.
On the other hand, Tottenham drew 2-2 against Brentford, the first game after the 2022 Qatar World Cup break, and lost 0-2 to Aston Villa on New Year’s Day.
Although they defeated Crystal Palace 4-0 on the 5th, they could not continue their upward trend in the North London Derby.
Arsenal, who had 15 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss, and 47 points with the victory that day, ran at the top.
Son Heung-min took off his face protection mask and played full-time as a starter.
Son Heung-min, who suffered a fracture around his left eye during the final match of the Champions League group stage match against Marseille 메이저놀이터 (France) in the 2022-2023 season in early November of last year and underwent surgery, has been wearing a face mask since the Qatar World Cup.
On this day, I took off my mask for the first time since my injury and ran, but I could not raise the attack point.
Tottenham gave up the opening goal in the 14th minute due to an error by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka cut a cross into the penalty area and headed straight for the goalkeeper, but Lloris was unable to properly handle it.
During Tottenham’s subsequent counterattack, Son Heung-min, who was in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper in the penalty area, fired a shot with his right foot, but was blocked by the goalkeeper’s save.
Arsenal took a 2-0 lead in the 36th minute of the first half when a left-footed mid-range shot kicked from behind the penalty arc by Marlin Ödegaard split the net.
Tottenham knelt at Arsenal without a comeback goal. Harry Kane scored three shots on target, but the opposing goalkeeper saved.