Thomas Partey scored a beauty as Arsenal defeated Tottenham 3-1 at the Emirates to move 4 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. The Ghanaian took a one time shot in the 20th minute that curled into the top corner. The goal capped a brilliant opening for the Gunners who had the 65% possession through out the game. Arsenal had 22 passes leading to that goal. Such dominance.

Conte’s Spurs were comfortable sitting back and hoping for a counter-attack to give a sucker-punch. One of such opportunity fell to Spurs who transitioned quickly and won a penalty after Arsenal failed to clear. Kane got his customary North London Derby goal from the spot in the 31st minute.

In the second half, Gabriel Jesus restored Arsenal’s lead after a poor Spurs clearance from Saka’s shot. That early second half goal was needed as Spurs were pegged back by a confident Arsenal team. William Saliba was as cool as ice, ensuring he never came second best in any duel with Harry Kane.

In the 61st minute, Emerson Royal got sent off for a challenge on Martinelli. The Arsenal winger was a thorn to the flesh, disturbing Spurs down the left. He finally got an assist 6 minutes later as Xhaka’s left foot shot made it 3-1 to the Gunners.

Xhaka with Arsenal’s third goal of the game

Xhaka’s contribution this season cannot be overlooked. I am happy that he is enjoying himself and the fans are loving him. On his first North London Derby goal, Xhaka told BT Sports that he was “more than happy, but the most important thing is the team”

The win is Arsenal’s 7th in 8 Premier League matches this season with Manchester United the only team to have defeated the Gunners. There is no better way to start the weekend than to be at the top of table knowing that other results will not alter that.

There was the little matter of the international break after Arsenal’s 3-0 kick about over Brentford. Nigeria lost 2-1 to Algeria, Mikel Obi retired from football and Amaju Pinnick’s reign as NFF president ended. Ibrahim Gusau is the new president. England were relegated from the top tier of the UEFA Nations League.

Up next – Arsenal host Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League on Thursday.