Rampant Arsenal demolished 10-man Tottenham 3-1 in the north London derby at Emirates Stadium to go four points clear at the top.
Second-half goals from Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka fired Premier League leaders Arsenal to a 3-1 win over 10-man Tottenham in an entertaining North London derby on Saturday.
Arsenal were rewarded for a bright start when Thomas Partey produced a stunning long-range finish after 20 minutes, but Harry Kane swiftly levelled with a penalty.
Mikel Arteta’s side were superior throughout and Spurs’ cause was not helped by Emerson Royal’s red card for a second-half foul on Gabriel Martinelli.
The impressive Gunners hit the front again when Jesus bundled home following Hugo Lloris’ mistake, and Tottenham’s hopes of a comeback were dashed when Emerson Royal was sent off.
Xhaka then drilled into the bottom-right corner as Mikel Arteta’s rampant side moved four points clear of Manchester City and consigned their fierce rivals to a first Premier League defeat of the season.
Both goalkeepers were called into action during a lively start, with Lloris tipping Gabriel Martinelli’s fierce volley onto his right-hand post before Aaron Ramsdale clawed Richarlison’s effort away from the bottom-right corner.
Arsenal enjoyed the better of the early exchanges and took a deserved lead when Partey curled an excellent first-time strike into the top-right corner from outside the area.
But the Gunners contrived to gift Tottenham an equaliser after 31 minutes, with Kane stroking home his 44th London derby goal from the penalty spot after Gabriel Magalhaes clumsily felled Richarlison.
Enjoy the highlights of the entertaining North derby match between Arsenal and Tottenham at Emirate Stadium below:
Key Opta Facts
– Tottenham have now failed to win any of their last 12 Premier League visits to Arsenal (D4 L8), their longest ongoing run in the competition.
– Arteta is just the third Arsenal manager in the club’s history to win each of his first three home games against Tottenham after George Morrell (1909-1911) and Terry Neill (1977-1979).
– Only twice in the Premier League have Arsenal had more points after their first eight games of a season than the 21 they have in 2022-23 – 22 points both in 2004-05 and 2007-08, with the Gunners finishing second and third respectively.
– Partey’s opener rounded off a 21-pass move for Arsenal. Since Boxing Day 2019, only Manchester City and Liverpool have had more 20-plus passing sequences that have ended in a goal than the Gunners (six).
"I'm really happy here, I really feel at home!"— iR Sport (@iRSport_) October 1, 2022
Gabriel Jesus is all smiles after his side's win in north London as he talks derbies, goals and gives Granit Xhaka the man of the match award... ❤️🇧🇷#ARSTOT || #PremierLeague ||#NorthLondonDerby pic.twitter.com/Dng9uTTFPD
Arsenal host Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League on Thursday, while Tottenham face a Champions League trip to Eintracht Frankfurt on two days earlier.