Was it a dementor swirling around Tower Bridge? No. Was it a certain Lord Voldemort tormenting the Gunners’ defence? It wasn’t that either.
Either way, what Arsenal could have done with on a frightening night was Severus Snape, Hogwarts’ professor of defence against the dark arts.
That’s because they came up against Heung-min Son. The Tottenham forward was hailed for his dark arts in the aftermath of the game as he fooled and terrorised Rob Holding in a mesmerising clinic of attacking football.
Several times the English defender was caught out by the South Korean star as he ultimately ended up getting the Arsenal man sent off.
It was a rampant display from the Spurs gem who ultimately ended his opponent’s top-four hopes as Tottenham won 3-0.
Arsenal will have to dig deep to regroup and go again next season. Signing their own Son, therefore, will no doubt help them significantly.
If they can get a deal across the line it would give them both more depth up front, where they have lost Alexandre Lacazette and out wide, where Nicolas Pepe looks likely to depart.
FB Ref’s similar players model counts one of Jesus’ most comparable players as Son and it’s clear to see why.
The Brazil international may not have matched the South Korea international’s Premier League Golden Boot-winning tally of 23 goals but he is a menace inside the area, bagging 13 strikes of his own in all competitions.
A look at the more in-depth stats shows why they’re alike, however.
Their xG per 90 is incredibly similar with Jesus registering 0.48 per 90 minutes in comparison to Son’s 0.49.
Furthermore, their link-up play in attack is also comparable with the former attempting 36.3 passes per 90 to the latter’s 36.6. There are direct similarities in this area of their game in particular with the Man City forward registering 2.54 progressive passes to the Spurs striker’s 2.28.
Crucially for an Arsenal team needing more in attack, Jesus’ shot-creating actions are also impressive with Pep Guardiola’s man amassing 3.74 per 90 which falls just shy of Son who completed 3.86.
That said, when it comes to pressing from the front, the capital club could seal a better player with their transfer target’s pressures in the attacking third totalling a mighty 6.36 per 90. Son falls drastically below that on 3.83.
Arsenal felt the full brunt of those qualities above when he played them in the 5-0 drubbing back in August.
Jesus scored and assisted in that game as he gave Kieran Tiernay a torrid time down the left-hand side, with the Scot failing to win a single tackle or make an interception. Such was his relentless force that the left-back only had 34 touches in the entire game.
Arteta has worked with him already and that game was a glowing indictment of his skill and attributes.
Arsenal must complete a deal this summer if they want to progress next term.