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Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham: Five talking points as Arsenal thump Spurs to earn bragging rights

The Gunners whitewashed Spurs in the first half to earn a memorable win over their rivals.

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Aubameyang celebrates scoring Arsenal's second goal with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. (Photo via Getty images)

Arsenal run riot in the first half putting three past Tottenham within the first 35 minutes of the game. Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s goals as Heung-Min Son struck late in the game to deny Aaron Ramsdale a clean sheet.

Here are the main talking points from the match:

Solid backline led by Tomiyasu

Arsenal’s backline of Gabriel, Ben White, Kieran Tierney, and Takehiro Tomiyasu were all superb. They’ve jelled ever since they were deployed together.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal takes on Son Heung-Mi of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Ben White and Gabriel managed to contain Harry Kane and put him out of the game. Takehiro Tomiyasu was dominant once again both in the air and on the ground and kept Spurs’s Heung Min Son out of the game. Everyone was immense.

Passionate and commanding Ramsdale

Ramsdale was brilliant in between the sticks once again. He celebrated Arsenal’s goals and every save he or his teammates made with passion and showed a commanding character to the backline.

The English goalie looked frustrated when he conceded his first goal in an Arsenal shirt, he thoroughly deserved a clean sheet.

Hale end boys win it for Arsenal

Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka scored and assisted. The pair were electrifying and too much for the Spurs defence.

Particularly Arteta’s tweak to put Saka on the right paid off and unlocked his qualities with Smith Rowe on the left wing.

Captain leading from the front

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put on a real captain’s performance, he put pressure on Tottenham’s backline up until the final whistle and his work rate was immense on both sides of the pitch.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring Arsenal’s 2nd goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

He scored a good goal and of course that beautiful Thierry Henry celebration in front of the roaring crowd at the Emirates .

Arteta starting to put the pieces together?

Based on the last three league games, Mikel Arteta has assembled his best XI with all of his signings and things appear to be working out for him.

Arsenal played the champagne football we all craved for in the north London derby, attacked with fluency and defending with purpose.

He received heavy criticism when Arsenal went into the international break bottom of the table and without a point. The Gunners are now tenth, leapfrogging Spurs and five points away from the top of the table as the ascendance continues.

 

A keen follower and fan of Arsenal since the mid-2000s with passion for the game. I aim to write honest and interesting articles about the club I love, and to share my opinions with as many other fans as possible.

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