When asked about the hostile atmosphere that he and his Arsenal teammates had to deal with at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, William Saliba insisted he has experienced a ‘much better’ atmosphere at the Stade Velodrome.
Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to eight points after picking up their first win at Tottenham’s home ground since 2014.
The Gunners dominated proceedings in the first half and raced into a deserved 2-0 lead, and although the home side gave a decent account of themselves in the second period, Aaron Ramsdale stood firm and ensured that his side walked away with the win.
The atmosphere at the ground at the start of the game was as intense as one would expect for the North London derby, although the home crowd were silenced a bit by Mikel Arteta’s men as the game went on.
Saliba, who spent last season on loan at Marseille, insisted that the atmosphere on Sunday cannot be compared with what he experienced in France.
When asked to compare the two, the centre-back said after Arsenal’s 2-0 win (via The Daily Mail): “No, Marseille is better. I promise you it is much better! But it was a big atmosphere today as well and I was prepared for this game.”
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Spurs fans showed in the North London derby towards the end of last season just how intimidating the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium can be when they are in full voice.
However, the atmosphere was perhaps not as intense on Sunday due to the nature of the goals that the home side conceded in the first half, which seemed to suck all the enthusiasm that had built up.
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