Arsenal made it seven wins from eight games to open the season by beating Tottenham 3-1 in the north London derby on Saturday – Sport Media News

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Arsenal and Tottenham are separated by just one point at the top of the Premier League table as they go head-to-head in the first north London derby of the season this afternoon. Mikel Arteta’s Gunners sit top of the league with 18 points whilst Antonio Conte’s Spurs are two places back in third.

In their last match before the international break Tottenham despatched Leicester 6-2 with Son Heung-min finally hitting form with a second half hat-trick from off the bench to seal the victory for Spurs. Arsenal are also in fine touch and they ended the opening spell of the season with a 3-0 win away at Brentford.

Today’s encounter is set to be a furious clash between two teams on the top of their game. Arsenal have only lost once in their league campaign so far – a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford – whilst Tottenham are unbeaten with five wins and two draws from their first seven fixtures. Will the Gunners end Spurs’ unbeaten run and remain top of the Premier League table?

Arteta: “They were phenomenal, from the beginning we went for it. We created a great energy and we dominated. We have been waiting for that one from Thomas. What he’s been through, the injuries.

“We were courageous and brave. Jesus is lively, Saka is courageous to take them on.

“He has a winning mentality, the way he trains every day, the confidence he brings. You could feel the connection between the players and the crowd.

“I’m so happy, it was a beautiful day. We made our supporters proud.”

Antonio Conte: “We had the opportunity to start much better and stay up, instead we kept the game inbalanced. We made big mistakes with the last pass. Easy passes. Especially after the international teams, we didn’t have a lot of time, many players arrived at the last time, one training session, you have to make the best decision.

“Now we have to move on, a loss, we know our role in this league, we try to do our best and try to stay close to all the teams.

“Just fresh legs, the game ended, we needed to give players some minutes, like Skippy, Doherty, to save energy, this is the first game.

“The game ended about 70 minutes, I wanted to give them time to be available for the following games. For this reason I preferred to give time to these players. We need the whole squad and we have many games in a short period.

“We didn’t have a long time to prepare due to the international break,” says Granit Xhaka.

“From the first minute we were the better team. We were much better in the second half.

“My first derby goal in England, happy to help the team. So happy to help and to win.

“I’m very happy, I want to score every game. The way the team played from the first minute,” says Gabriel Jesus.

“We won the game, that’s the most important thing.

“We were better in my opinion. We deserved to win. We want to play the game, pass, make chances, how many today? Amazing.

“I feel at home from day one. They make me feel at home and it helps a lot. I’m really happy here. We are in a good way.”

That was a great Arsenal performance, stepped it up in the second half and Mikel Arteta will be delighted to go four points clear at the top.

Crucially they are now nine clear of fifth.

Tottenham will lick their wounds and turn attention back to the Champions League, with Frankfurt away on Tuesday.

While the Gunners will rest up before a Europa League match against Bodo/Glimt on Thursday.

Jenas hands Xhaka the man of the match award.

Spurs drop deep, Gabriel happy to take a free-kick short and the Gunners sweep the ball around as we approach the final whistle.

Nketiah too quick for Dier, who earns a yellow card. He complaints to Taylor after pulling Nketiah back, not sure there can be any arguments there.

A final chance for a fourth then?

Brilliant strike from Tierney, cuts across it beautifully with the outside of his boot, Lloris down low to his left to push it away for a corner.

Corner taken short by Arsenal, Vieira then slings it in, Skipp poor in possession inside his own box and Arsenal still have possession, dangerous defending from Spurs.

Now into three minutes of stoppage time.

Partey’s wonderful strike from distance set us on our way, and despite a Harry Kane penalty ensuring the sides went in level at the break, a poacher’s effort from Jesus restored our lead four minutes into the second half.

Emerson Royal was then red carded for the visitors and soon after Xhaka drove in a third to secure a third straight home victor in this fixture for the first time since 2013.

Emirates Stadium was bouncing ahead of kick-off as our Gooners created a cauldron of noise, and their efforts in the stands were matched on the field as we bossed the opening half an hour.

The game was just two minutes old when Gabriel Martinelli saw a volley smack off Hugo Lloris’ post, and then Granit Xhaka saw an imaginative flick towards goal spin narrowly wide after a wonderful cross from Bukayo Saka.

And on 20 minutes, we grabbed the lead with an absolute blockbuster. Saka was again involved, receiving possession on the right and found Ben White. He laid the ball off to Partey who curled it towards goal first-time from 25 yards, and saw it flash past Lloris and into the top corner to send the already-high decibel levels stratospheric.

But for all our early dominance, Spurs found a way back level just 10 minutes later when we failed to clear our lines from a counter-attack and Gabriel fouled Richarlison in the area. Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot, allowing Kane to convert from 12 yards for the seventh time in north London derbies.

Having levelled things up, Spurs’ tails were up and led to a shaky period for us with Kane heading straight at Ramsdale after another swift break, but we still nearly went into the break back in front when a mazy dribble in the box by Gabriel Jesus saw him beat two defenders but shoot straight at Lloris from close-range.

However, just four minutes after the restart, the Brazilian did get his goal to flip the game back in our favour. Saka did well to jink inside from the right and get a shot away, which Lloris did well to parry. Cristian Romero dallied with the rebound, and inadvertently sent the ball squirming under his goalkeeper, allowing Jesus to pounce and slam it home.

Our no. 9 looked destined to grab a second soon after but misplaced his header from an Oleksandr Zinchenko and sent a golden chance wide, but on 62 minutes we received another huge boost to our chances of victory when Royal was dismissed for a foul tackle from behind on Martinelli.

Sensing an opportunity to seal the win, we quickly pressed for a third goal and after Saka bent a shot wide after coming inside, it arrived. Martinelli scampered down the left flank and got to the edge of the box, before laying it off to Xhaka who drilled a low shot under Lloris and grab his second of the campaign and send the stadium into delirium.

That killed the game off as a contest and we easily saw out the final minutes amongst a crescendo of noise as we matched last season’s fine result, ended our opponents’ unbeaten start, remained on top spot and sent all Gooners home happy.

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There were 21 passes in the build-up to Partey’s opener, the joint-most leading to a goal in the Premier League this season after Fabio Vieira’s strike against Brentford.

Partey scored from outside the box for us for the first time, with what was his 65th such attempt in all competitions.

We have won our last three Premier League home games against Tottenham, for the first time since a run between February 2012 and September 2013.

Tottenham have now failed to win any of their last 12 Premier League visits to Emirates Stadium (D4 L8), which is currently their longest ongoing run in the competition.

Partey scored his third Premier League goal for us, all coming at the Emirates and all opening the scoring. We went on to win all those games.

Arteta has won all three of his home games in charge against Tottenham – only two other managers have done that – George Morrell (1909-1911) and Terry Neill (1977-1979).

Only Erling Haaland (12) has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than Jesus (8) this season, while only Andrey Arshavin (9) had more involvements in his first eight appearances for us in the competition.

Kane has scored seven penalties against us in the Premier League, the joint-most one player has netted against an opponent in the competition (Shearer v Everton also 7).

Only twice in the Premier League have we had more points after our first eight games of a season than the 21 we currently have – 22 points both in 2004/05 and 2007/08, when we finished second and third respectively.

We’re back at Emirates Stadium action on Thursday when Bodo/Glimt come to town, and then we host Liverpool on Sunday, October 9 in league action.

Goals from Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka ensured that Arsenal would stay on top of the Premier League table for another week at least as Harry Kane’s strike from the penalty spot went in vain. Elsewhere, a Leandro Trossard treble condemned Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to yet another draw

Arsenal made it seven wins from eight games to open the season by beating Tottenham 3-1 in the north London derby on Saturday, ensuring Mikel Arteta’s team will stay top for at least another week.

The only defeat for Arsenal came at Manchester United, but that was only after an encouraging and dominant performance for large spells of the game at Old Trafford.

On current form, it looks well within Arsenal’s grasp to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the 2016-17 season.

Getting in the top four might be the extent of Liverpool’s ambitions after a 3-3 home draw against an entertaining Brighton team already moulded in the bold style of its new Italian coach, Roberto De Zerbi.

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