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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Emile Smith Rowe (12')
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (27')
  • Bukayo Saka (34')
  • Son Heung-Min (79')

Arsenal pile misery on Tottenham as first-half blasts earn north London derby win

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Is win over Tottenham the start of something big, or a false dawn for Arsenal? (1:22)

Mark Donaldson and Steve Nicol reflect on Arsenal's stunning 3-1 win vs Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium. (1:22)

Three first-half goals were Tottenham Hotspur's downfall at the Emirates on Sunday as they lost the north London derby 3-1 to Arsenal.

Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka in a blistering 20 minutes during the first half made sure the three points went to Mikel Arteta's side.

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Son Heung-Min pulled a goal back late in the second half for the visitors but it did little to alter the result.

Saka squared a ball in the box on 12 minutes that Smith Rowe ran onto and slotted into the net from 10 yards out.

"It's probably the best day of my life. To have my family here as well, it's a special feeling," Smith Rowe said.

"I feel like we've worked so hard. We had a tough start to the season. I feel like its going really well at the moment but we need to keep our heads down."

Arsenal's second was a well-worked team goal on 27 minutes that saw Aaron Ramsdale play the ball to Kieran Tierney, who took it upfield to Aubameyang.

The Arsenal captain played a one-two with Smith Rowe before receiving the ball back and hitting it past Hugo Lloris.

The third goal of the half came on 34 minutes when Saka found space and attempted to play a pass into Aubameyang. However, Harry Kane's missed tackle granted the ball back to the young England international, who put it in the net.

Arsenal went into half time 3-0 up, the first time they've held such a lead against a top six team since 2016.

Tottenham pressed Arsenal harder in the second half but it wasn't until 79 minutes that they managed to register a goal.

Sergio Reguilon drove a low hard ball into the box that Son blasted into the net.

"Not a good day for us," Tottenhan manager Nuno Espirito Santo said. "We were not aggressive enough to control the dynamic of the Arsenal midfield."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Chelsea 13 +26 30
2 Manchester City 13 +20 29
3 Liverpool 13 +28 28
4 West Ham United 13 +8 23
5 Arsenal 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
12 Brentford 13 0 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton 13 -4 15
15 Southampton 13 -7 14
16 Watford 13 -6 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6