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Premier League: Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur to prove title credentials


Arsenal highlighted their credentials as official contenders for the Premier League title with an impressive 3-1 win over 10-man Tottenham in Saturday’s thrilling north London derby. Mikel ArtetaTheir side have racked up seven wins from eight games this season as they are four points clear at the top of the table.

The 192nd meeting between these bitter rivals from opposite ends of the Seven Sisters Road is a typical frenetic occasion from this point on. Thomas Partey put Arsenal ahead early in the first half.

Harry Kane equalized with a penalty but third-placed Tottenham blew up after an interval like Hugo Llorisallow mistakes Gabriel Jesus to restore Arsenal’s lead.

Tottenham defender Emerson Royal sent off for an ugly foul Gabriel Martinelli before Granite XhakaTheir goal ensures Arsenal will avenge a 3-0 defeat to their hated neighbors last season that cost them a Champions League spot.

Ending Tottenham’s 13-match unbeaten streak in the competition was a significant statement from Arsenal.

Arsenal have now lost just once in 30 home games to Tottenham, however, the Gunners are much more than local bragging rights.

Their only previous game against a top-four opponent this season ended in a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United, but this dynamic performance shows they must be seriously considered in the race to the top. brand.

Sunday’s game against Liverpool will be another test for Arsenal, but while champions Manchester City remain title contenders, Arteta’s team is emerging as a force to be reckoned with.

Arsenal quickly took the initiative, cornering Tottenham into their box before Martinelli met Bukayo Saka’s cross with a dangerous finish that sent Lloris shoved the ball wide of the post.

Despite the exciting opening, Arsenal were lucky not to fall behind when Son Heung-min’s pass reached Richarlison, who should have done a better job than his masterful jab from six yards.

But with Tottenham sitting too deep in a desperate attempt to under pressure from Arsenal, the Gunners took the lead in superb form after 20 minutes.

– Wrong Lloris –

An enthralling 22-pass move ended with Ben White scoring for Partey and the Ghana midfielder slamming a shot into the top corner from about 25 yards.

Tottenham responded to Partey’s first goal since March with an equalizer 11 minutes later as Kane extended the north London derby record to 14 goals in 18 appearances.

William Saliba’s poor clearance was followed by Xhaka’s slam dunk inside his own area and Richarlison darted in to take possession, leading to a panicked tackle from Gabriel that sent the Brazilian away. reel.

Kane stepped up to drill a free-kick straight down the middle, making him the first player to score 100 away goals in the Premier League.

Jesus nearly restored Arsenal’s lead with a slick dribble through the Tottenham defense before Lloris parried his shot from close range.

Lloris saved Tottenham in that situation but the French goalkeeper made a costly mistake four minutes after half-time.

Saka cut across the Tottenham box to make a low attack that made Lloris weakly finish in front of him.

When Cristian Romero was unstoppable, Lloris made an initial mistake when he let the ball roll past his hand and Jesus shot from the net just near the goal line.

Jesus has been one of the catalysts for Arsenal’s impressive run of games this term, scoring five goals since joining Manchester City in the coming season.

Emerson dashed Tottenham’s hopes of a comeback when the right-back received a red card for hitting Martinelli’s ankle in the 62nd minute.

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It only took Arsenal 5 minutes to make the most of their numerical advantage when a smooth combination of Partey and Martinelli climaxed with Xhaka hitting the long corner from 18m.

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