Arsenal 4 Tottenham Hotspur 2
Aubameyang 10 pen, 56 Lacazette 75, Torreira 77, Dier 30, Kane 34, pen

Arsenal stormed past Tottenham Hotspur in a feisty north London derby which ended 4-2 to the Gunners at the Emirates stadium on Sunday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring from the penalty spot when Jan Vertonghen handled from a corner. The Gunners had further chances to increase their lead when Iwobi and Aubameyang went close. Dominating but not taking your chances can come back to cost you, and that is what happened here. Out of nowhere, Eric Dier headed in at the near post from a free kick awarded when Heung-Min Son tumbled under pressure from Sokratis.

The leveller was controversially celebrated by Dier and his Spurs’ team mates in front of the disapproving Arsenal fans, while a player, substitutes melee also ensued. The FA will take a look at this in detail no doubt. When Son tumbled in the area after another swift  Spurs counter, Rob Holding appeared to get the ball. Referee Mike Dean however had a different view and pointed to the spot. Harry Kane converted and the visitors were ahead. 2-1 down at the break. Unai Emery was facing perhaps his toughest half time team talk.

Mesut Ozil wasn’t named in the squad due to a late back injury we were told, however Aaron Ramsey was. At the break, the former Wales captain came off the bench to replace Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while Iwobi gave way to Alexandre Lacazette. The Gunners began to threaten Hugo Lloris’s goal and the roaring crowd were expectant of a leveller. They were rewarded after 56 minutes with a sublime move.

Hector Bellerin’s one touch pass fed Ramsey. He in turn instantly switched the ball to Aubameyang who instinctively wrapped his boot around the ball to beat Lloris for the leveller. 2-2 and game on!

Spurs now looked a spent force, and Arsenal felt that to be the case. Full of energy following his successful Europa League exertions in the Ukraine, Ramsey was ready to inflict more pain. He robbed Juan Foyth deep in his own half and played a perfect pass to Lacazette. On the D and in traffic with work to do, Lacazette spun and struck a low shot beyond Lorris for Arsenal to regain the lead, 3-2 on 74 minutes.

Three minutes later and Arsenal had a fourth. Aubameyang spun to feed the run of the impressive Lucas Torreira wide on the right. The mighty Uruguayan atom took a touch to close in and then placed his shot beyond Lloris with all the composure of an assassin for his first Arsenal goal. What a game to get it in.  Spurs were reeling and their pain got worse when Vertonghen was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Lacazette with five minutes remaining.

The fourth official held up six minutes of time added on. As the away end thinned with Spurs fans knowing they had been well beaten, “OLE’s” rang out in N5. Arsenal, the new dynamic Emery version saw out a famous win under the Spaniard to now make it 19 games unbeaten in all competitions.

Emery reflected on a north London derby job well done. So was this his best day at Arsenal he was asked?

“My best day was when I signed here! My English is improving from my first day to today. Now I am thinking about the match on Wednesday in Manchester. This is a very big victory, we showed our supporters and we give them this victory because it’s a very special match against Tottenham. For us it’s the same – special, but above all it’s three points, like last week against Bournemouth, and like Wednesday in Manchester.

“Now we are happy, we are enjoying it, but short. Why? Because Tottenham lost today but they are on the same points as us in the table. We also need to continue in our way, in our process, and for our confidence it was a very big match. But don’t forget that they beat Chelsea last week in a very big match and today they are close with us. Wednesday is a good example for us, we need to think about Manchester on Wednesday.”

Emery revealed that he didn’t know when Ozil picked up his back injury which prevented his inclusion, and was asked about the impact of Ramsey and Lacazette at half time.

Given his experience and desire to stay in north London, would he now look favourably on a new Arsenal contract for Ramsey?

“I was thinking first about the first XI, then I was looking at the decisions, choosing the first XI with different possibilities. Aaron has chances to help us, either by starting the match or when the match is in the second half to play minutes.

“Above all today can be his day. Because it’s against Tottenham and he has experience of matches like today. We are continuing with him in our process, helping him to be with us with his performances, with his qualities and his experience here.”

Arsenal now travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday to face a Manchester United side facing their own challenges with some indifferent form this season.