North London is red once again this weekend as Arsenal turned their best performance of the season so far to clinch a vital 3-1 win over Tottenham.
Mikel Arteta sounded the derby rallying call earlier this week and his young guns stepped up on time to make it three wins on the run for the Spaniard.
And despite the array of world class talent on display it was Arsenal’s Hale End boys that made all the difference.
The impressive Bukayo Saka saw his twisting run take him deep inside the Spurs box and Emile Smith-Rowe arrived on cue to cushion home his cut back.
But with the Emirates crowd still catching its breath the hosts stormed into a 3-0 lead before the break.
Smith-Rowe again found himself right in the middle of it, as he led the charge to slip in Pierre Emerick Aubameyang for the second, before England star Saka made it 3-0.
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Harry Kane’s sloppiness was picked off by Martin Odegaard and Saka simply went on and on to fire one past Hugo Lloris.
But despite the contest being in the bin at the break, Spurs did look to rouse themselves in the second 45, with Kane on hand to force two vital stops from Aaron Ramsdale.
And Spurs did look to launch a counter late on, as Son Heung-min forced home Sergio Reguilon’s cross and the suddenly busy Ramsdale keeping out Lucas Moura.
But in the end there no stopping Arteta clinching what could prove to be an enormous three points.
Full Time from the Emirates Stadium it’s Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham
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