Arsenal extended their lead in the Premier League with a 3-1 win over north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday.
Thomas Partey scored the opening goal with a long-range shot, but Harry Kane equalized with a penalty. Gabriel Jesus restored Arsenal's lead after the break and after Emerson Royal was sent off, Granit Xhaka's goal eventually secured all three points.
Arsenal started the game very offensively and almost got the opener within minutes when Gabriel Martinelli's powerful half-volley smacked the post of Hugo Lloris.
The Gunners pressed relentlessly but, contrary to the flow of play, Spurs almost went ahead when Richarlison's free-kick was parried by Aaron Ramsdale's impressive reflex.
At the other end, Xhaka's low shot whizzed just wide of the Lloris far post before Partey curled the ball into the top corner with a brilliant long-range effort to score the first goal.
Spurs held back well and were awarded a penalty just before half-time after Richarlison was brought down by Gabriel and Kane converted the equaliser.
The goal obviously gave Spurs a boost and they almost scored a second after a fine play which Kane completed at the back post, but Ramsdale saved the ball.
As in the first half, Arsenal came out of the dressing room with plenty of momentum and this time it took just four minutes to take the lead. Bukayo Saka's shot was blocked by Lloris and Jesus got past Cristian Romero and put the ball over the line.
Shortly after, Jesus should have scored the second when he failed to place a close-range header in Lloris' goal.
Spurs tried their best to get back into the game but Emerson's red card after the hour threw a spanner in the works. The Brazilian caught Martinelli with a foul on the ankle that didn't look like red at first glance, but the VAR had no trouble confirming the decision and he was sent off.
Xhaka ended the game just moments later, scoring from close range and giving Arsenal an unassailable lead.
Spurs opted for damage control, standing deep and trying to avoid further trouble, allowing the Gunners to secure a comfortable win.
Goalkeeper: Aaron Ramsdale - Grade: 5/10 - Stopped Richarlison in the early stages with a nice save, but then seemed a bit uncertain. Passed on by Kane on the penalty kick.RV: Ben White - Grade: 6/10 - An uncomfortable first half, but a small tactical change made White better after the break. Was influential at both ends of the field.IV: William Saliba - Grade: 7/10 - Had enough composure to prevail. He regularly made the right decisions and never let his team down.IV: Gabriel - Grade: 6/10 - Another fatal error when he missed the penalty. He recovered well from that though.LV: Oleksandr Zinchenko - Grade: 5/10 - The stats were good to him, but the eye test wasn't. Zinchenko was often out of position in the first half. After his return from injury, he seemed a little rusty. CDM: Thomas Partey - Grade: 7/10 - A wonderful goal to start the game. His penchant for long-range shots has finally paid off.ZDM: Granit Xhaka - Rating: 7/10 - Was a bit careless in the first half, but improved significantly after the break. A nice goal.RM: Bukayo Saka - Grade: 6/10 - Felt a bit isolated at times but performed well at both ends of the field. Made a good impression when he was finally able to break away from his defenders.ZOM: Martin Odegaard - Grade: 5/10 - Couldn't get the ball as often as he would have liked.LM: Gabriel Martinelli - Grade: 7 /10 - He had some nice dribbles and always caused trouble when he ran into the Spurs back line.ST: Gabriel Jesus - Grade: 7/10 - He was a big threat to the Spurs defense and deserved the goal .Joker: Albert Sambi Lokonga (73rd for Partey) - Grade: 6/10 - Played with refreshing confidence.Joker: Kieran Tierney (73rd for Zinchenko) - Grade: 6/10 - Enjoyed his role as a reverse full-back. Joker: Fabio Vieira (80th for Ödegaard) - No NoteJoker: Eddie Nketiah (80th for Jesus) - No NoteJoker: Takehiro Tomiyasu (89th for White) - No NoteTrainer: Mikel Arteta - Note: 7/10 - Had in the first half struggled to break through Spurs' stubborn defense but found a way around Saka in the second half to play and was rewarded for it.
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris - Rating: 4/10 - A few good saves and a few absolutely bad passes. He was also bad at the second goal.IV: Cristian Romero - Grade: 5/10 - Incredibly lucky that he wasn't booked in the first half. Didn't cover himself in glory with the second goal either.IV: Eric Dier - Grade: 5/10 - Remained calm against the two Gabriels, but lost it immediately after the red card.IV: Clement Lenglet - Grade: 6/10 - His job was to neutralize Saka and he did it quite well.RM: Emerson Royal - Grade: 1/10 - Wasted himself even before the red card he received after an hour for a nasty foul. CM: Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg - Grade: 4/10 - Lost his fight against Partey. Didn't feel comfortable at either end of the pitch.CM: Rodrigo Bentancur - Grade: 6/10 - Another solid performance from Bentancur. Led the midfield well and once again made an important contribution.LM: Ivan Perisic - Grade: 5/10 - Did a good job against Saka in the first half and then a not so good job against Saka in the second half.ZOM: Richarlison - Grade: 5/10 - There was a feeling that he wanted to play too much in the centre. Didn't get as involved in the game.ZOM: Son Heung-min - Grade: 6/10 - Was dangerous on counterattacks but struggled to get as many touches as he would have liked.ST: Harry Kane - Grade: 7/10 - Took his penalty well and made some nice passes when he had the chance.Joker: Davinson Sanchez (71st for Lenglet) - Grade: 6/10 - Did a decent job but the game was to this one Time already passed.Joker: Yves Bissouma (71st for Perisic) - Grade: 6/10 - His presence alone helped in the midfield battle.Joker: Ryan Sessegnon (71st for Richarlison) - Grade: 5/10 - Only had a few opportunities to do something.Joker: Matt Doherty (71st for Son) - grade: 6/10 - actually not that bad.Joker: Oliver Skipp (75th for Höjbjerg) - grade: 4/10 - could hardly get the ball come, but that was certainly also due to being outnumbered.Trainer: Antonio Conte - Rating: 4/10 - The two Spurs midfielders had problems against Arsenal when Zinch enko and Tierney came into play, but the coach didn't act until it was too late. Bissouma's substitution earlier might have done something.
This article was originally published on 90min.com as Arsenal Win North London Derby V Tottenham: The Single Match Review.