Bitter North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were in action in the Europa League last night.
While Tottenham took on Royal Antwerp away from home in Belgium in Group J on Thursday evening, two hours later, Arsenal locked horns with Dundalk at the Emirates Stadium in Group B.
Spurs were expected to pick up all three points against Antwerp, but Jose Mourinho’s side suffered a shock 1-0 defeat.
Lior Refaelov scored the only goal of the match on 29 minutes when he smashed in past Hugo Lloris after Dieumerci Mbokani had dispossessed Ben Davies.
In contrast, Arsenal eased past Dundalk 3-0 at home. Eddie Nketiah put the Gunners in the lead on 42 minutes, Joe Willock made it 2-0 two minutes later, and Nicolas Pepe added a third just seconds into the second half.
It was quite a contrasting night for the two bitter North London rivals, and the following stats from their respective games highlight just that.
- Tottenham took 15 shots, but only two of them were on target.
- Antwerp had three shots on target out of 12 attempts.
- Carlos Vinicius took 23 touches of the ball in the first half before he was substituted.
- Gareth Bale took two shots, but neither of them was on target.
- Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso played two key passes, as many as defender Ben Davies.
- Arsenal had 25 shots against Dundalk, but only six of them were on target.
- The Gunners earned 15 corners at the Emirates Stadium and conceded only two.
- Nketiah, Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney and Mohamed Elneny all had a pass accuracy of 100%.
- Joe Willock played three key passes, as did Cedric Soares.
- Reiss Nelson put in 10 crosses.
What’s next for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur?
Both Arsenal and Tottenham are aiming to finish in the top four of the Premier League table this season.
While the Gunners are 11th in the standings with nine points from six matches, Spurs find themselves fifth with 11 points from six games.
Mourinho’s side will face Brighton and Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday evening, while on the same day Arsenal will lock horns with Manchester United away from home at Old Trafford.
*All stats are from WhoScored and BBC Sport.