'Tottenham are the new Arsenal'
Gary Lineker declared that 'Tottenham are the new Arsenal', much to the delight and anger of fans in equal measure, but therein lied a lot of truth, if we are all honest. Gone are the days when Arsenal, bristling with confidence, would produce a clinical and composed performance to outdo their rivals when it really mattered. Instead, it was Tottenham who played with swagger and creativity in the final third.
The way Victor Wanyama, in particular, dominated the midfield was reminiscent of Patrick Vieira in his pomp and Tottenham certainly did resemble an Arsenal team from previous years. Mauricio Pochettino has assembled a team - and indeed a squad - of real substance and confidence, while Arsene Wenger's team cut a disjointed and hesitant outfit. Times really have changed.
Oxlade-Chamberlain deserves to play in the centre
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a pretty poor game against Spurs playing at right wing-back. He had been excellent in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City but against Ben Davies and Son Heung-min he was found out. Oxlade-Chamberlain is a good option in that position, but nothing more than that. It feels like Wenger is just trying to fill a gap given that he clearly doesn't trust Hector Bellerin at the moment.
The problem is that Wenger continues to pick Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey in the centre of midfield who are both, and this is being kind to them, passengers. Both are so far off the pace it's incredible and the ease with which Spurs dominated on Sunday was incredible given they were without the influential Mousa Dembele. Oxlade-Chamberlain has shown in the past that he is capable of playing in midfield but over the past couple of years he hasn't been given a succession of games in that position. He's being let down by Wenger and you couldn't blame him if he chose to move on in the summer.
Wanyama shows he belongs as one of the best in the league
Over the past two seasons Mousa Dembele has been rightly spoken about as one of the best central midfielders in the league along with N'Golo Kante. Mauricio Pochettino deserves immense credit for finally dragging some consistency out of Dembele's obvious talent. In amongst all of that the performances of Victor Wanyama this season have rather gone under the radar. Seen as a liability when first picked up from Southampton Wanyama has also developed under Pochettino. Those rash streaks are gone and he has become a dominating presence next to Dembele.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: 5 Truths from the north London derby: 'Spurs are the new Arsenal'