Dani Ceballos had waved his arms at Arsenal’s crowd urging them to raise the volume, Mateo Guendouzi had snapped into another tackle and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang had equalised just moments earlier.
This was the Emirates Stadium at its loudest, and Tottenham Hotspur seemingly had very few answers as the Gunners continued to come back at them.
Tottenham were hacking the ball clear, but nothing was sticking.
Arsenal were swarming around them, winning almost every second ball, and there was no respite for Spurs, who seemed to be wilting under the pressure.
Tottenham had been 2-0 up in the first-half, but Arsenal had turned the game around, and it looked like they were about to strike the killer blow to their rivals.
Then the ball looped up into the air and under it was Tottenham’s newest recruit Giovani Lo Celso.
Lo Celso had only minutes under his belt in English football prior to this, but Mauricio Pochettino had turned to the Argentine as he looked to try and help Tottenham get a foothold in a match which was slipping away from them.
Ceballos sensed his moment, charging towards Lo Celso, waiting to pounce.
But, in one movement, Lo Celso seemed to bring a calmness back to Tottenham’s game.
The playmaker took the ball on his thigh, before spinning, and taking Ceballos completely out of the game.
He was then faced up by Granit Xhaka, but quickly knocked the ball beyond him and won Tottenham a free-kick deep into the Arsenal half.
With players losing their heads it was Spurs’s least experienced man who showed his teammates that there was no need to panic.
Suddenly Spurs started to threaten on the transition and the gaps in Arsenal’s midfield, which were all too evident in the first-half, were exposed again.
Tottenham ended up having chances to win the game on the counter attack, and if their final ball had been better they may well have stolen the three points at the end.
Lo Celso’s role in helping Tottenham get back into the contest cannot be understated.
His composure in possession was exactly what Spurs needed in the moment when he came on, and in just 15 minutes he showed exactly why he was brought to Hotspur Way.
Pochettino has suggested that Lo Celso still needs to adapt to English football before he becomes a regular starter, but Spurs have now had a glimpse of the talent that he possesses.
And if Lo Celso can continue to offer Tottenham such calmness in possession then he could well be a brilliant addition to their squad.
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