Football commentator Gary Neville was surprised by the outcome of the North London derby.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur played to a 2-2 draw in the sixth round of the 2023-2024 English Premier League (EPL) at the Emirates Stadium in London, England on Thursday (April 24).
The game was a back-and-forth affair, with Arsenal taking an early lead through the efforts of Hekayo Sakho and Tottenham responding through Son Heung-min. In the 26th minute, Xhaka’s shot was deflected by Tottenham center back Christian Romero for an own goal. In the 42nd minute, Son Heung-min equalized off a cutback pass from James Maddison.
Nine minutes into the second half, Arsenal regained the lead when Xhaka scored from the penalty spot, only to be leveled by Son Heung-min. In the 10th minute, he calmly finished a forward pass from Maddison. No further goals were scored and the two teams split the points.
Speaking on his podcast, Neville said he was surprised the game ended in a draw, according to British outlet Football London. 토토사이트 “To be honest, I thought Arsenal were going to win before the game, and I thought they were going to win it quite comfortably,” he admitted.
The gap between Arsenal and Tottenham was huge last season. After leading the league for much of the season, Arsenal finished second. Spurs finished eighth and failed to qualify for Europe. Neville predicted that Tottenham would be on the rise under manager Enzi Postecoglou this season, but that they would be limited by Arsenal, and he was wrong.
“I thought the level difference would be quite big. I expected Tottenham to be their old self when they get into difficult situations. I thought we’d be overwhelmed, but we weren’t. It was quite a surprise.”
Contrary to Neville’s expectations, Tottenham have fared well against the big boys this season. They won 2-0 at home against Manchester United in the second leg and earned a point away at Arsenal.
The next test comes soon. Tottenham welcomes Liverpool to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. for the seventh round of the EPL. The Reds are unbeaten so far this season with six wins and one draw, including a win in Europe earlier this season.