5 things you missed in Arsenal vs Tottenham as Mourinho’s Bale rant backfires

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Arsenal came from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1, in a result that could have major ramifications in the race for a top-six finish.

The Gunners had much the better start, with Emile Smith Rowe cracking the crossbar, but fell behind in a moment that is set to become an iconic one.

Found in the box by Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela contrived to flick a Rabona in the far corner of Bernd Leno’s goal.

It was a true moment of brilliance that left everyone open mouthed in astonishment.

Arsenal bounced back though, when the lively Smith Rowe squared for Martin Odegaard to score his first goal for the club just before the break.

And they took the lead in the second half when Davinson Sanchez fouled Alexandre Lacazette in the box.

The Frenchman dusted himself off to send Lloris the wrong way from the spot.

It then went from bad to worse as Lamela was dismissed for picking up two yellow cards in the second half.

Harry Kane had a goal disallowed, before striking the woodwork, but Arsenal held out to give them renewed hope of top-six finish.

Here's five things you may have missed from a hotly contested North London derby.

Mourinho’s Bale rant

Gareth Bale has been in blistering form of late, with the Real Madrid loanee finally living up to his billing as one of Europe’s best.

Handed another start at the Emirates, Mourinho was less than impressed with the Welshman, taking it upon himself to bark instructions at him.

Spurs endured a difficult start at the Emirates, with the hosts dominating possession in the early stages.

A lot of Arsenal’s good work came down the Spurs right hand side, with Matt Doherty constantly under pressure.

But Mourinho was asking Bale to push further forward, leaving Doherty increasingly isolated.

“Gareth up, up, up,” the Spurs boss roared, clearly unhappy with the lack of press from the winger.

Odegaard’s telling reaction

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  • It all started so well for Lamela.

    Not content with scoring one Rabona in his Spurs career, the Argentinian etched his name in the club’s history books with the most audacious of goals.

    Spurs were barely registering an attacking threat in the opening stages and Lamela’s cheeky bit of brilliance was their first shot.

    Odegaard cancelled it out before the break, but it was clearly still on the players’ minds at half-time, with the Arsenal star seen talking to him about it as the two teams went in at half-time.

    However, his afternoon ended on a sour note as he was sent off for picking up two yellow cards in a matter of minutes.

    Bale unimpressed

    Despite Mourinho’s directions in the first-half, Bale struggled to make an impact and was substituted before the hour mark.

    He was seen asking “I’m coming off?”, as he made his way to the touchline, before swiftly walking past the Spurs coaching staff and taking his seat in the stands.

    These were the type of games Bale came back to Spurs for and he looked dejected to not even play 60 minutes in this one.

    With the camera sticking on him, he was seen shaking his head as his afternoon came to a premature and disappointing end.

    Luiz has the last laugh

    Sanchez was convinced VAR would come to his rescue after Michael Oliver awared Arsenal a second-half penalty.

    After watching the replay it was difficult to see where his protests came from, with replays showing a clear fould on Lacazette.

    Mourinho trusted his player as well, charging off the bench wagging his finger and remonstrating with officials.

    David Luiz, who has had his fair share of VAR mishaps this season had the last laugh though. Broadly grinning at Mourinho and shouting “it was a penalty!”.

    Lacazette shows his passion

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    The forward has been in and out of the Arsenal side in recent weeks, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's switch into the middle leaving him out of Arteta's plans.

    But with the Arsenal skipper dropped for 'disciplinary reasons' Lacazette was back in the XI and with the added responsibility of the captain's armband.

    There have been questions about his future and when his penalty went into Lloris' corner it allowed him to show his commitment to the Arsenal cause.

    He was seen screaming into the lens of the camera, letting the frustrations of the past few weeks come to the surface.

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    • Gareth Bale
    • Premier League
    • Arsenal FC
    • Tottenham Hotspur FC

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