Needless to say, Arsenal had the last laugh
Arsenal’s north London derby victory on Sunday afternoon was one to savour, as Unai Emery’s side came back from 2-1 down to win 4-2 thanks to a dominant second half performance.
Aaron Ramsey in particular enjoyed the victory, after unsavoury scenes during the first half gave him extra incentive to make a difference.
After Eric Dier’s first goal, a touchline scrap broke out, requiring Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino to get involved to play peacemaker. Dele Alli and Aaron Ramsey had to be held apart by their respective teammates, and as Ramsey made his way back to the subs’ bench, Dier made the mistake of instructing the Welshman to “sit down”.
With Arsenal trailing at the break, Gunners boss Unai Emery made a double substitution, with Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette entering the fray – and it proved to be a stroke of genius.
Ramsey’s impact was huge, as he picked up two assists, playing key passes to Aubameyang and then Lacazette which fired Arsenal to victory.
After the game, Arsenal players took to social media to really rub salt in the wounds. Rob Holding and Héctor Bellerín in particular posted tweets that Arsenal fans lapped up, while Mateo Guendouzi celebrated with Arsenal fans as he left the stadium in his car.
But it was Ramsey who really won the post-match social media battle, with his Instagram story. Referencing Dier’s comments during the touchline scrap, Ramsey captioned a photograph of himself grinning with the hashtag ‘#SitDownHeSaid’.
Despite his obvious love for the club, Ramsey looks set to leave Arsenal at the end of the season after the club withdrew their offer for a new contract, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season.
Ramsey has explained that he does not know why the club withdrew their offer, hinting that he would like to stay. But he won’t be short of offers when he has impacts on big games as he did on Sunday.