Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela had a game to remember for all the right reasons on Sunday when he put in a brilliant showing against Arsenal in the latest North London derby.
Goals from Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs ensured it was a point apiece in a 1-1 draw but Spurs can feel unlucky not to have taken all three points, with Lamela finally living up to his considerable potential.
With the Gunners’ regular right-back Hector Bellerin out injured, French international Mathieu Debuchy replaced him in the starting line-up and the latter was given no chance to settle when Lamela switched to his wing.
The 23-year-old Argentine international has finally started looking like the player Tottenham thought they had paid big-money for when he initially arrived from AS Roma, and Debuchy will not want to relive the afternoon he had at the Emirates Stadium any time soon.
The former Newcastle United player arrived at Arsenal looking to be the club’s first-choice right-back but that role now belongs firmly to Bellerin and on this evidence that is how it will stay.