Arsenal put on a scintillating first-half performance as they destroyed Tottenham 3-1 in one of the convincing football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. The Gunners bludgeoned a toothless Spurs side with three goals in the opening 23 minutes. Emile Smith Rowe opened the scoring from a cut back by Bukayo Saka before he turned provider to captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a few minutes later. Spurs have not beaten Arsenal at the Emirates since 2010 found them even further down with Bukayo Saka adding the third.
Arsenal: Ramsdale (8), Tomiyasu (8), Gabriel (7), White (8), Tierney (7), Xhaka (8), Partey (7), Odegaard (7), Saka (8), Smith Rowe (9), Aubameyang (7).
Subs: Lokonga (NA), Maitland-Niles (NA), Tavares (NA)
Tottenham: Lloris (6), Tanganga (3), Sanchez (5), Dier (5), Reguilon (5), Hojbjerg (5), Ndombele (4), Moura (5), Alli (3), Son (6), Kane (5).
Subs: Skipp (6), Emerson Royal (5), Gil (5)
Man of the match: Emile Smith Rowe
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “This win is for the fans. They were there when we needed their support, and it doesn’t get much better than the atmosphere we saw today, so this is for them. We started really strongly and were determined. It’s probably one of the best games I’ve seen us play in that period in the first half. In the second half, we had to do what we had to do.”
Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo: “The performance was not good. The game plan was not good. The decisions were not good. It was not a good day for us. Definitely not a good day.” he added. “We were not aggressive enough to control Arsenal in midfield. We suffered when we wanted to go in front and we allowed Arsenal to come to us. Bad decisions.”
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