Premier League: Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal beats Tottenham Spurs in a north London derby 3-1. Emile Rowe, Bukayo, and Aubameyang scores for the gunners, while Son scores late for Spurs for a consolation goal.
Arsenal just went out all guns blazing, all thanks to the fans as Arteta says in the post-match presentation. They lead the match in only the 12th minute of the match from a header to an unguarded net by Emile Smith Rowe.
In a mist of Tottetanham equaliser, Arsenal doubles the lead in the 27th minute. Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who does not have a great impact with Arsenal, completes a cutback from Sanchez to increase the advantage.
The fans were delighted and roaring for their team as Gunners converts lashes a third. This time it’s Bukayo Saka with a low right-footed shot.
In the 79th minute, Son opened their scoring from a Reguilon’s assist. The shot from the center of the box deflects and finds the top corner of the net.
Spurs created some healthy changes but were unable to find a quality end. They were unable to investigate an improbable comeback after the second half was slightly in their favour. Emirates had a feel of the Arsenal we know and the fans were lively cheering them.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta at the post-match presentation.
“This win is for the fans,” Arsenal manager Arteta told Sky Sports. “They were incredible in tough moments when we needed their support.
“It doesn’t get much better than the atmosphere we saw here today. It was one of the nicest feelings I had, certainly in this stadium.
“It was a big occasion, to win it the way we did, and to feel that connection with team and supporters made it really special.
“It’s impossible to attract people and connect with what we’re trying to do if we don’t have fans here. It makes such a difference. We want to entertain them and play in a way that makes them proud.”
Arsenal forward Smith Rowe: ‘Best day of my life’
“It’s probably the best day of my life,” Smith Rowe added. “To have my family here as well, it’s a special feeling.
“The fans have done so much for us today and we want to thank them as much as we can. I feel like we’ve worked so hard. We had a tough start to the season. I feel like it’s going really well at the moment but we need to keep our heads down.”
Tottenham manager Nuno.
“The performance was not good. The game plan was not good. The decisions were not good. It was not a good day for us. Definitely not a good day,” Nuno said.
“I’m going, to be honest,” the Spurs boss added. “When you have a game plan you have to make the right decisions in terms of who you want on the pitch to develop that game plan.
“The decisions were not according to the game plan and I take responsibility. I won’t name individuals, but the game plan was not right according to the players who were on the pitch.
“We were not aggressive enough to control Arsenal in midfield. They were faster, stronger, more aggressive. We suffered when we wanted to go in front, and we allowed Arsenal to come to us. Bad decisions.
“It’s not easy to expand so I just ask you a bit of respect if I don’t go too much into it. But the game plan didn’t work out. I will not judge my players in front of you, I refuse to do that.”