Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium to go up to 10th place in the Premier League, overtaking their rivals.
With a low strike that was parried by Hugo Lloris, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang forced the first notable save, but it was only a foreshadowing of what was to come, and it wasn't long until the home side took the lead through Emile Smith Rowe's close-range goal.
Spurs failed to respond, and Arsenal increased their lead on the counter-attack, with Aubameyang and Smith Rowe combining for the Gabonese attacker to score the second, before Bukayo Saka made it three with a storming run into the area.
Tottenham improved slightly after the break, but never looked like regaining control of the game and endured their third consecutive league defeat.
Here are my three findings from the game.
1. Arsenal's Attack Was Ruthless:
Many Arsenal players deserved praise for their first-half performance, but the fluidity and creativity provided by the three attacking midfielders behind striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cannot be overlooked.
Saka (age 20), Martin Odegaard (22) and Smith Rowe (21) were all outstanding on and off the ball.
They worked hard off the ball, were quick on counters and transitions, made the right passes at the right times, and combined for two assists and two goals.
2. Takehiro Tomiyasu Had A Good Game:
Takehiro Tomiyasu stood out among the defensive players on display, putting up a consistent, committed, and, most of all, focused performance.
He was in the perfect spot on several occasions to sweep up and clear after Aaron Ramsdale had only managed to parry back into hazardous areas, as well as clearing one that the keeper touched onto the bar during stoppage time.
Tomiyasu's positioning was excellent, his passing was consistent with the team's strategy, and he won more aerial challenges than any other defender on the field.
3. Arsenal's Season Coming Good:
Arsenal's main concern will be if they can maintain their winning streak. After victories over Norwich, Burnley, and AFC Wimbledon, Mikel Arteta was eager to talk about the team's improved direction, but the derby victory is far more compelling.
Fans won't be misled too soon, though: false dawns have plagued the Gunners in the modern period, and the difficulties haven't gone away completely in the last few weeks.
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