Arsenal comprehensively showed that north London is red – and they didn’t half enjoy themselves during their 2-0 win over Tottenham.
The Gunners brushed off their rivals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with two first-half goals, the first an own goal from Hugo Lloris before a stunner from Martin Odegaard.
And Mikel Arteta’s men made sure to rub Spurs’ nose in it as Gabriel Martinelli taunting the Spurs defender as he cheekily controlled the ball plucked out of the air with mastery.
It did not stop there, though, as Gunners defender Ben White reminded the baying home crowd of the scoreline by flashing a ‘2-0’ gesture with his hands with time running out.
It was quite the call-back to when Theo Walcott did a similar gesture back in 2014 as he was stretchered off when receiving abuse from the Spurs fans during an FA Cup tie at the Emirates Stadium.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend for Arsenal, who went eight points clear at the top of the Premier League following the victory over Spurs.
Manchester City lost their own derby on Saturday when Manchester United beat them at Old Trafford and there is a growing feeling at the Emirates that they might be able to win the title.
Arsenal have not won the Premier League since 2004 when they went invincible for the season and more are starting to believe that this could be their year.
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“Arsenal will win the Premier League title this year,” former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker wrote on Twitter.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson, working as a pundit for Sky Sports, hailed Arteta’s side as ‘absolutely outstanding’ and predicted Arsenal’s upcoming game with Manchester United could be pivotal in the title race.
“I think next Sunday is the game,” Merson said. “I think if Man United go and beat Palace away (on Wednesday), which I do expect them to do, the way they’re playing, they go to the Emirates, and if Man United win that game they are three points behind Arsenal.
“If Arsenal win that game, Man United are out of the equation and it’s Man City chasing them down, and they’re eight, maybe even more points behind Arsenal.
“It’s Arsenal’s to throw away now. I know there’s a lot of points to go, but that first-half performance was like watching Man City.
“If you had been living in New Zealand and hadn’t seen football for the last four years and they were playing in light blue, you’d have thought you were watching Man City. That’s how good they were.”
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