3-1 scoreline richly deserved for the Gunners. Tottenham and Harry Kane are poor again!
Arsenal’s upswing in form gathered pace, as Tottenham’s decline continued in a hugely entertaining north London derby at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners were bottom the table after 3 games, whilst Spurs were top under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo. How things have changed as a rampant Arsenal tore their shambolic rivals to pieces in a fantastic first-half!
Emile Smith-Rowe opened the scoring for Arsenal when he arrived unmarked to sweep home Bukayo Saka’s cross after 12 minutes. Smith-Rowe then turned provider as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the 2nd midway through the half. It was a fine breakaway goal that the Gabonese striker finished superbly.
Spurs were producing a hopeless performance and nothing illustrated this better than Arsenal’s third goal after 34 minutes. Harry Kane fell over the ball in a Spurs attack then missed two tackles on Saka as he rushed back to try to rescue the situation. Saka compounded the misery with a calm finish after the ball rebounded kindly from the Tottenham man’s desperate tackle, just inside his own penalty box.
Unsurprisingly, Spurs improved after the half-time break. Kane brought a good save from Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale and then fluffed a good chance. Son Heung-min then scored what would only turn out to be a consolation goal, on 79 minutes, to make the score 3-1.
Ramsdale spared Mikel Arteta’s men any late nerves with another superb stop. He parried Lucas Moura’s shot on to the crossbar as Mikel Arteta’s side saw out a highly deserved win.
The result means that Spurs drop to 11th place in the EPL table on 9 points. Arsenal overtake their north London rivals, as they move up to 10th on goals scored.