The most important tackle of Arsenal 1 – Spurs 0: Mertesacker on Chadli [GIF]
You obviously cannot boil down a north London derby to one tackle, but the GIF above was key, not only for the result but also for what it symbolised.
After Arsenal had initially dominated the early stages of the match, Spurs came back into it as their new players got a foothold in the game.
Nacer Chadli broke away and Per Mertesacker stepped in for the cleanest tackle you will likely ever see. A few transitions later and it was 1-0 to the Arsenal as Olivier Giroud swept home a Theo Walcott cross.
For 90 minutes, Mertesacker was immense. Shackling Roberto Soldado and winning header after header in one of his finest displays for the Gunners.
Meanwhile, Chadli was a big disappointment, firing over with a free-kick in Gareth Bale territory and generally failing to make his duel with Carl Jenkinson count.
One game does not make a season, but Per Mertesacker made sure north London was red on Sunday. And, Nacer Chadli knows all about it…
Watch Live Stream
- Granit Xhaka posts lengthy message on Instagram after signing for ArsenalMay 25th, 2016
- Done deal: Arsenal finally confirm the signing of Gladbach star Granit Xhaka (Video)May 25th, 2016
- Arsenal fans aren’t happy about Laurent Koscielny being given captain’s armband [Tweets]May 25th, 2016
- N’Golo Kante rejects new Leicester deal, Arsenal remain favourites [La Parisien]May 25th, 2016
- Dele Alli nutmegs Jan Vertonghen, Spurs star posts video on InstagramMay 14th, 2016
- Spurs duo Vertonghen and Chadli dress up as waiters to surprise young Belgium fans (Video)April 13th, 2016
- Spurs forward Nacer Chadli scores a beauty past Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois in training (Video)March 26th, 2016
- Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli shows the F2 Freestylers his tekkers (Video)March 8th, 2016
- Per Mertesacker tells Kieran Gibbs his childhood hero was Bob Marley (Video)March 29th, 2016
- Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin labels Per Mertesacker as worst dressed at club (Video)March 27th, 2016
- Per Mertesacker’s Arsenal future is in doubt as there are no plans for a contract renewal [...March 23rd, 2016
- Per Mertesacker talks about his role in the Arsenal dressing room (Video)March 11th, 2016