Arsenal 2-2 Spurs | Madders: “I loved it out there”
Mon 25 September 2023, 11:00|Tottenham Hotspur
It’s safe to say that the north London derby left an impression on James Maddison.
The playmaker seemingly made to play in this type of game delivered again, this time setting up both goals for Heung-Min Son as we came from behind twice to secure a deserved point in a 2-2 draw at the Emirates.
It means he's top of the Premier League assists chart with four in six matches (not forgetting two goals) so far, level with Liverpool's Mo Salah and Pedro Neto of Wolves.
The result saw both teams maintain their unbeaten starts to the Premier League after six matches but, more importantly, our performance was another positive step at the start of the Ange Postecoglou era as we enjoyed more possession, made more passes and went blow for blow with the Gunners, 13 efforts at goal each.
Speaking on The Review Show on SPURSPLAY, James was asked for his take aways from his first NLD experience.
“Just the pace of the game,” he told us. “The pace of the game was top, top level. Those are the games I want to be involved in. Our fans were top drawer, so loud. That created a good dynamic for the game, a proper derby, tackles flying in, bookings, goals, penalties, VAR checks, the lot, all of that.
“Yes, it was a proper derby game, my first north London derby, I absolutely loved the experience, to be fair, right in amongst it, a proper Premier League game, a proper, intense, fast-paced match.
“It was a high-intensity game, a point in the end probably a fair result, on balance. I loved it out there. It’s one of those… in the dying moments, you want to push everything to go and win it, but you also don’t want the heartbreak of leaving yourself vulnerable and you lose it on the counter. On reflection, there are lots of positives and we keep going, we’re still undefeated, still to be beaten, so, we take the positives.”