Three first half goals from Smith Rowe (12′), Aubameyang (27′) and Bukayo Saka (34′) gave Arsenal a 3-1 win over North London rivals, Tottenham at the Emirates.
Arteta’s Best Ever First Half
Arsenal led Spurs 3-0 at half time for the first time in the Premier League era and the Gunners display in that half was a beauty to behold.
The goals came from quick decisive passes with players like Odegaard, Saka, Smith Rowe and Xhaka involved in the build up to those goals.
Arteta’s expression on the sideline was enough to tell the delight the fans were having sending Spurs to the cleaners at half-time. This is Arteta’s best first half and it would do Arsenal good to see more of this.
Hale End & Young
The decision to entrust Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe with iconic jersey numbers #7 & #10 respectively were bold moves by Arsenal. Both growing up at Arsenal’s Hale End, they were called upon last season to salvage some games for Arsenal.
Saka was Arsenal’s best last season and was the bride of England’s EURO2020 run to the final. This was his best game since returning from the Euros, capping it with a goal and an assist.
Smith Rowe opened the scoring before turning provider for Aubameyang. He had a good game and there is so much pride scoring in a Derby- The North London Derby.
Worthy mentions to Odegaard, Tierney, Tomiyasu, Gabriel and Ramsdale – the young contingent.
Ramsdale is No. 1
If you were in doubt who is Arsenal’s #1 goal keeper this season, then the North London Derby has revealed to us. Aaron Ramsdale put in an extraordinary shift today.
Despite conceding for the first time in an Arsenal shirt, you could see the assurance and awareness he gives to the Arsenal team. He made a late save to deny Lucas Moura and Spurs at 3-1.
It is fair to say that Ramsdale will continue in goal for the Premier League and important matches while Leno will be relegated to the Cup games. Will Leno remain as a deputy?
The win took Arsenal above Spurs into the first half of the table. Next is Brighton.