Arsenal claimed local bragging rights on Saturday afternoon as they beat ten-man Tottenham 3-1 at the Emirates.
The Gunners began the contest on the front foot but the opening goal came through an unlikely source in Thomas Partey. The Ghanaian’s strike from the edge of the box was certainly fitting of the occasion.
Spurs quickly grew into the derby, however, and Arsenal looked vulnerable in transition. Eventually, the hosts were made to pay as Harry Kane converted from the penalty spot after the visitors broke in behind.
A Hugo Lloris error gifted Arsenal a second lead at the start of the second half as Gabriel Jesus poked home before an Emerson Royal red card tilted the contest entirely in the Gunners’ favour. The hosts smelt blood and they swiftly made Emerson pay by taking a 3-1 lead through Granit Xhaka, who fired home with conviction after some great work from Gabriel Martinelli to create the opening.
Antonio Conte rang the changes in a bid to establish some stability, but Spurs were never going to get back into the contest and Arsenal prevailed as 3-1 victors.