Arsenal VS Tottenham | Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus, and Granit Xhaka scored goals for us on derby day as we defeated our bitter rivals to keep the top place in the Premier League standings.
Partey’s magnificent long-range goal got us started, and even though Harry Kane’s penalty made the score even going into halftime, Jesus’ poacher’s shot gave us the lead four minutes into the second period.
After the visitors’ Emerson Royal received a red card, Xhaka added a third goal to give the home team their third straight victory in this match for the first time since 2013.
Thomas starts the Partey.
Prior to kickoff, Emirates Stadium was humming as our Gooners made a cauldron of noise. Their efforts in the spectators were mirrored on the pitch as we dominated the opening 30 minutes.
Arsenal VS Tottenham Just two minutes had passed when Gabriel Martinelli’s effort hit Hugo Lloris’ post, and Granit Xhaka’s deft flip following a gorgeous cross from Bukayo Saka just missed the goal.
And after 20 minutes, we took the lead with a complete smash. Saka participated once again, took ownership to the right, and discovered Ben White. He passed the ball to Partey, who shot it first time from 25 yards into the top corner, beating Lloris and raising the already high decibel levels to a new height.
Jesus comes to our aid
Arsenal VS Tottenham Despite our early domination, Spurs were able to draw even just 10 minutes later when we failed to clear our lines during a counterattack, resulting in a foul by Gabriel on Richarlison in the penalty area. Kane scored from 12 yards for the sixth time in north London derbies after Anthony Taylor nodded to the penalty.
After tying the game, Spurs’ tails were up and caused a shaky period for us. After another quick break, Kane headed straight at Ramsdale, but we still nearly went into the break up a goal when Gabriel Jesus’ crazy dribble in the box saw him beat two defenders but shoot straight at Lloris from close range.
The Brazilian did score, though, to turn the game back in our favour just four minutes after the break. Saka did a good job of jinking inside from the right and launching a shot, which Lloris did a good job of parrying. Jesus was able to pounce and score because Cristian Romero dallied with the rebound and unintentionally sent the ball wriggling under his goalie.
Xhaka closes it.
Arsenal VS Tottenham Soon after, our number nine appeared to be headed for a second but misjudged his header from an Oleksandr Zinchenko cross and missed a glorious opportunity. However, on the 62nd minute, Royal was sent off for a foul behind-the-back tackle on Martinelli, giving us a huge boost in our chances of winning.
Sensing a chance to secure the victory, we pushed for a third goal right away, and after Saka missed the target after going inside, it came. The stadium went into a frenzy when Xhaka blasted a low effort under Lloris to score his second goal of the season after Martinelli dashed down the left wing and reached the edge of the area.
With the game effectively over as a contest after that, we comfortably finished the game amid a crescendo of cheers, matching last season’s excellent outcome, ending our opponents’ unblemished start, maintaining our position atop the table, and sending all Gooners home satisfied.
Facts and figures
Arsenal VS Tottenham After Fabio Vieira’s goal against Brentford, Partey’s first goal was the result of 21 passes, the second-most passes leading to a goal in the Premier League this season.
Partey scored for us for the first time from outside the box on his 65th attempt across all competitions.
For the first time since a stretch between February 2012 and September 2013, we have defeated Tottenham in three of our past four Premier League home games.
The current longest active streak in the Premier League for Tottenham is their inability to win any of their past 12 trips to Emirates Stadium (D4 L8).
Partey scored his third goal in the Premier League for us, all of which came at the Emirates and all of which were game-openers. We ultimately won all of those games.
Only two previous managers have managed to achieve that against Tottenham: George Morrell (1909–1911) and Terry Neill. Arteta has won all three of his home matches in charge (1977-1979).
Arsenal VS Tottenham Only Andrey Arshavin (9) had more involvements in his first eight outings for us in the competition, and only Erling Haaland (12) has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than Jesus (8) this season.
Kane has scored seven penalties against us in the Premier League, which is a league record for a single player (Shearer v Everton also 7).
Only twice in the history of the Premier League have we started the season with more points than we do right now—22 points in both 2004–05 and 2007–08, when we finished second and third, respectively.