Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, Gabriel, White, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang.

Subs: Leno, Holding, Cedric, Tavares, Lokonga, Maitland-Niles, Martinelli, Pepe, Lacazette

Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka gave Arsenal a 3-1 against Sp*rs at the Emirates this afternoon.

Mikel Arteta made one change from the team that beat Burnley last weekend, bringing Granit Xhaka back after his suspension, with Nicolas Pepe dropping to the bench.

The visitors set out their stall early, sitting with 11 men behind the ball wben Arsenal had possession, and Aubameyang had the Gunners first attempt on goal, forcing a save from Lloris at his near post.

It was a bright start from the men in red, and the reward was a 12th minute goal to go ahead. Arsenal worked it forward, Odegaard played it out to Saka on the corner of the box. He drove inside, put in a low cross and Smith Rowe arrived to slide the ball home from close range. 1-0.

Partey was next to have a pop, drawing a good save from Lloris after interplay between Odegaard and Saka, before Aubameyang fired a fizzing shot over from just outside the box.

Sp*rs first chance came from Son, firing a shot at the near post which Ramsdale tipped behind, after which Kane tried his luck from 35 yards but fired it a long way over the bar. It was a promising period for them, but in the 27th minute the lead was doubled.

The goal began with Ramsdale playing a risky pass to Xhaka, but the midfielder did well to keep it and set a counter attack going. Smith Rowe was released down the left, he squared it for Aubameyang and the skipper placed the ball into the bottom corner. 2-0.

It got even better in the 33rd minute when Kane fell over, inadvertently sparking an Arsenal break. Arsenal broke down the right, Saka took it on, looked to play a pass which didn’t come off, but the ball broke to him again, he took it on and put it past Lloris from close range. 3-0.

At the other end, Kane headed wide from a corner, but the Sp*rs threat was basically non-existent, and we took the 3-0 lead into the break.

There were changes by the visitors at the break with two twats going off and another couple of twats coming on, but they still had 11 twats on the pitch.

Partey had Arsenal’s first effort at goal, firing wide from distance, his first goal in red and white still eluding him. There were shouts for an Arsenal penalty when Sanchez appeared to bundle Gabriel over, but nothing came of it, and there was danger at the other end when White appeared to foul Kane, but the ref played on and VAR stayed out of it.

The Gunners sat off, protecting the lead and looking to break, and Ramsdale got a strong hand on a Kane shot which required Tomiyasu to mop up. Kane then put it just wide, after a long ball caught Arsenal out, although there was a suspicion of offside in the build-up.

Substitute Skipp picked up a yellow card for a foul on Partey, they made another change bringing on another twat for some twat, and by the 72nd minute, the second half had been far less going on than the first (this is not a complaint).

Saka had a go at extending the lead, shooting from outside the box, but Lloris turned it behind for a corner. Saka and Xhaka went down with cramp, but continued after treatment, and there was a goal for the visitors through Son. 3-1.

In the build-up though, a Thomas Partey challenge sent Lucas Moura clattering into Xhaka whose knee appeared to buckle, and after some treatment he was replaced by Albert Sambi Lokonga. Tierney had a shot which flew well wide, and Arteta made his final changes, Ainsley Maitland-Niles coming on for Saka and Nuno Tavares replacing Smith Rowe in the 87th minute.

Ramsdale made a fingertip save from Moura, tipping the ball onto the bar in the second of five added minutes, but in the end their historic inferiority was reinforced by the mighty reds!

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Jules

WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY

C.B.

Above them in the league, wouldn’t have predicted that after the first three matches!

Okester

Not just above, but we’re in the top half and they are not making it even funnier..

Johnny 4 Hats

We really have the capacity to run hot and put games to bed under Arteta. It’s rare with Mikel ball that we play consistently well for 90 mins. But we can be absolutely deadly in short bursts. I thought we played second half like Chelsea played against us second half. Just kept them at arms length and didn’t do anything stupid. The Arsenal in me wanted more goals. But I thought it was a professional and mature performance, even if I was shitting it a bit late on. Wonderful stuff. Very happy for Arteta was it buys him time and… Read more »

Goonshow

Just wish Rambo had another cleano to his name… but watched his interview with Seaman after – he was like a pig in the proverbial! What a great reward for the lad.

Johnny 4 Hats

Really want to see this interview! Any idea if it’s on YouTube or anything? Had a look but can’t find it. Love the dulcet tones of Spunky.

Harib

It’s on YouTube now mate just watched it

Goonshow

it should pop up on the Tube in the next few days – it’s great: 2 northern lads having a laff!

Qwaliteee

The game plan for how we played yesterday reminded me of how the Invincibles used to play. Pile in the goals as early as possible and more or less kill the game off. Then ease up, sit back and pick them off on the counter in the second half.

If we follow that template, I’ll be more than happy.

Duno

THIS WAS FUCKING EXCELLENT.

SciGunner

I like Partey-Xhaka partnership with current backline behind them..

The Beast

Thought they were great today. Completely dominated midfield in the 1st half & were fairly comfortable defending in the 2nd

SciGunner

Xhaka is a limited player, but with solid, quick defenders behind him he can be an asset with his passing range..

The Beast

Agreed.

Thought Partey showed off his passing range as well. Auba should’ve really done better to control his crossfield ball near the end of the 1st half

Goonshow

Partey is starting to show pure class – please god let him stay fit!

Wrighty's hats

Happy to see Partey has been getting more of his shots on target – only a matter of time before he scores a blinder!

PeteyB

Me too, but it may be moot. Xhaka had the look of a man resigned to a long time in the medical room

Goonshow

it was good, granted – but there remains the sphincter-tightening moments when he crashes into players from behind. Totally unnecessary and – given his record with refs – utterly irresponsible.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

He had a good game, but he showed today that he’s still a liability. The sooner he’s nowhere near the team, the better.

Wrighty's hats

He went sliding in a couple of times (plus that one where he was bear hugging) and on another day might have caught them, leading to a red……. just very glad it wasn’t one of those days.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

Exactly! On another day (as we’ve seen before), he could easily have picked up two yellows. Fans are so fickle, especially Arsenal fans.
He has one good game against a poor side, now he’s a great player and everybody loves him again

Man Manny

Naughty comment. Xhaka put in a huge shift, saved Ramsdale’s blushes after a mistake that would likely have resulted in an equaliser, and in that same moment leads a counter that results in the all important buffer goal, and all you think of is to cling to a worn out narrative!
Drop the hate and be objective.
There is no way Xhaka was a liability yesterday.

Wrighty’s hats

It’s possible to have put in a good shift, played solidly, and contributed to goals, yet also been close to making costly errors

SciGunner

His record with refs is the problem here. If it was done by a deeplying mid fielder from City, Chelsea or United, the media will be praising for his strong performance, character etc. If you look at his red cards all except Burnley last year (may be City this season too) was very harsh.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

So his red card against Leeds was harsh, was it?

Rules

Hopefully the injury isnt that bad

Omash

What a wonderful world

Gunnaration

What a day to be a gunner!

Abdullah

Ohhhh Sambiii Lokongaaaa

PEA14

Perfect way to start the week and Oct

A P

Great game. Arteta and the team got it right this time.

Adriano

People actually disliking this..wow

Tomaury Bischfeld

Great result, but let’s keep ourselves grounded, it was only sp*rs.

Ayo

U nail the comment session for this week..Lolz

Albert

Calm your tits, its only Tottenham!

Baichung Bhutia

And they are shit.

Melancholy Gunner

And what do we do to shit??

Group captain mandrake

Flush it?

MidAgeGoon

We dont give a shit to shit.. We do that

LjundbergsPinkMohawk

Brown paper bag it and place on mourinhos doorstep

Sam I Am

Even Xhaka was running rings around them!

Goonshow

Can’t remember a derby this one-sided for decades…

Henkamp

That’s more like it! The boys were pumped for this one. You could see the passion on the field and the bench. We deserved this! COYG!

Goonshow

Loved it late on when Tomi just bumped that knob-end on their left flank off his feet into touch. The lad’s learning fast!

LjundbergsPinkMohawk

Loved his clearance after ramsdales save to clear the rebound. He has great anticipation and ability to get to the ball first

Goonshow

And he’s shit-quick too.

Verdant

Loved seeing him go for Son over and over.

And that run he almost had… Oh my. What a buy this guy is. And he’s 10 mils cheaper than the cunt they later put on

Wengerball

What a game! And what a 1st half. That’s the Arsenal we all know and love. What a team performance!

shokim

3-1 to the Arsenal. Love it!

TUMANG

London is RED!

Beearsed

Now beaten Only Norwich, Only Burnley and now Only Spuds.

COYG

gooner

Next up, table topping Only Brighton

TiredGooner

Beating the teams we should beat. 👍🏻

Verdant

Mashed Only Spuds

Raghib

Can we talk about how good Auba’s all-round game was?? I don’t think I’ve ever seen him win so many headers upfield! COYG!!

Paul

His pressing was beautiful to watch.

Wengerball

He was up for it today. Need that every match!

BoulderGooner

I thought the same thing. It seemed like he won just about every header. And some excellent pressures, too.

The Beast

The touch to release ESR for the 2nd goal was a thing of beauty

Jakeus

That celebration was even on point – as if his style and kit number weren’t Henry-esque already.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

He probably told Henry before the game that he’ll recreate that iconic celebration, when he scores

Goonshow

yeah – couldn’t believe it. He completely bossed their defenders in the air!!!

Ben EagerBeaver

Yeah, credit where due.

Tomislav

I know it’s only Spurs, but so much to like! COYG!

midgunner

It’s the history of the tottenham

Tish

I heard this in my head 😂😂😂. Top tweet. Still can’t believe that video is real 🤣

John

YYYYYYYEEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!

Give youth a chance

Could only score after taking out one of ours.

Why didn’t VAR over-rule it though?

PeteyB

It wasn’t a foul. If anything foul is Partey on Moura. You understand I can be objective because we won. Im gonna be smiling all week.

Xhaka has his flaws but we might miss him a bit in the next few Months. Hope he is OK for when Afcon comes round. Looks like that might be it for this season though. Maybe he’ll be back in time to lift the Premier league trophy in May

Obama Young

Xhaka stayed on the bench instead of staying in the dressing room after coming out, then after the game was walking around on the pitch with a slight limp. Seems like it if was serious he would have been in the dressing room the whole time.

PeteyB

That’s positive information, thanks

Tropical gooner

3-1…. but it’s only sp*rs.
COYG!

AusGunner

My favourite part of the second half was when Drury said: “Sp*rs have European football this week.. they play the champions of Slovenia” – I couldn’t stop laughing. I still am tbh

Luksa

Could be a though match for them. They already played Europa league group stages against champions of Slovenia (Maribor), barely draw a game playing with first team.

Dutchgunner

Oooooh to be a Gooner

Goonerrific

I like to thin this goes (in text format)

O2O2BO2BA – Gooner!

Jill

How fkin good is Ramsdale…. Absolutely outstanding

Mootilated

loved how pissed off at himself he was for conceding, even after getting a hand on it. that reaction was one a keeper does when he makes a blunder.

AusGunner

Loved his interview with Seaman afterwards. Seems like a great lad. Impressively analytical too

Brendan

You could tell he was gutted not to keep another clean sheet. The back five were immense today though.

Brady’s bunch

It’s his spot for the season after today

midgunner

Tomi, signing of the summer!

Fatmao

The Tominator

turcofeo

Incredible

Ipal Taka

Tight race with Ramsdale so far, those two really give a different character to our back 4

Ipal Taka

*back 5…

Mike Dean

I wonder how much they are worth now…

Lakshya

I thought it was good of Arsenal to Take-a-hero!

Goonerrific

I know ESR got it, but he was man of the match for me.

Paul

We seem to have a very good right back/inside right chap? 🙂 Wow!

Paul

He sent Son home crying FS!

Baichung Bhutia

I particularly liked his snide fouls.

Goonshow

yeah – looks like he has a bit of shithousery about him… luvvin it!!!

Brady’s bunch

Yes looks the business, I thought white had a great game today as well I’m told he still has Kane in his pocket

WannaBeAGonner

🙄😂😂😂

rohit

I saw 45 minutes of the real Arsenal today, after what feels like an eternity.
Lovely Lovely Day…

Paul

I saw a new Arsenal and it was great!

Balogunner

OLÉ, OLÉ, OLÉ

StockholmGooner

Not on the wheel. We’ll overtake them for top 4! Sancho who? Saka yes please.

Walter White

AUBA IS BACK!! What a performance from him (and the whole team as well of course). And get well Xhaka.

BillyKrystal

So much to like. Gabriel is an absolute monster. Tomi continues to be rock solid. Odegaard pullng the strings. ESR/Saka working their socks off and getting well deserved goals. Auba looking sharp. Partey giving us so much assurance in midfield. Beautiful win against the clown show of sp*rs

Murphy was an Arsenal Fan

Only Norwich, Only Burnley, and now Only Spurs done. Hope to see us beat Only Brighton next time around, COYG.

Sad for Xhaka, Pawson a cunt as always. Moura doubly so.

Cheers for 3 points!!!

tbf Pawson was right in playing the advantage, Partey fouled Moura first.

Goonshow

Bollocks – Moura is a classy guy. The only Spud who stopped to check if Xhak was OK, while the other cunts played on,

Murphy was an Arsenal Fan

You consider a Sp*rs guy classy – even relatively. I disagree with you on principle

Funsho Patrick

4points from the 2nd spot! Dare to dream!!

loose_cannon

I see you Arteta, throwing the first 3 games on purpose to lull the prem into a false sense of security, 4-D chess ;). Seriously though, excellent performance, especially the first half. We’ve been here before with thrashing Chelsea and United at home, Arteta needs to use this as a springboard so we can really kick on.

A Different George

And I think the Brentford result looks a little more understandable after how they played against Liverpool. And Liverpool didn’t have a covid outbreak a couple of hours earlier.

loose_cannon

I was thinking that too, I especially liked their tactic of lumping everything on TAA haha

BsinGooner

It has been long I have seen the Gunners play this well, as they did in the first half-hour. Playing with such pace, finesse and sharpness. Such orchestrated movement by the whole team, whether they were on the ball, or off it. Everyone gave their all – like it meant something. These are the days you live to be a Gooner!

JBF

Freddie in the Studio on Swedish TV, he’s fuckn’ lovin it watching his boys running rings around the spuds

BillyKrystal

And king Thierry showing his son what it means when we say “NORTH LONDON IS RED”

The Beast

Graeme Souness was not pleased on Sky.

Watching him rant nonsensicallly while Tony Adams smiled from ear to ear was the cherry on top of the 3-1 cake

Qwaliteee

Great, wasn’t it.

Souness always has been and always will be an utter wanker.

The stupid Harry Enfield Scouser lookalike twat couldn’t hide how sick he was.

He kept saying to Adams “Enjoy your moment.”

The drummer from Frankie Goes To Hollywood lookalike prick.

El Mintero

Wait, what??? No “arteta out” comments today???

Qwaliteee

Wait, what??? No Martin Odegaard bashing today???

Goonshow

ESR’s diagonal run into that hole in the box was VINTAGE Ljunberg!

Qwaliteee

The run he made for the goal reminded me of Frank Stapleton. Frank, more often than not, would be putting a header away.

Check out his goal in the 1979 FA Cup Final and you’ll see what I mean.

COYG1001

Hope Xhaka OK. Whether you think he should start or not, he’s important and he’s one of ours.

Tomiyasu's Tonkatsu

NORTH LONDON IS RED

turcofeo

Blogs, please make a jingle with the Brian Gil scream in the 90-something minute. Like Jingle bells but with cries instead of… Bells

bob

You mean the one where he screams like he’s been shot, then immediately gets up and starts making a run? Grinds my gears…

Luckily I am in a euphoric mood for some reason 😀

Serpent

We need this in the victory mix-up.

Man Manny

There is life in the Gunners yet!
Xhaka redeemed himself big time.
Our season is back.

djourou's nutmeg

SAKADONA HAVE MY CHILDREN

Jack

That save by Ramsdale at the end though. My mind is blown. Looking more and more good value every game he plays

Vaibhav Pandey

Now I am coming to believe all new signings were well researched (early days but anyway) to fit in the team, professionally and emotionally.

Gunnerer

He seemed airborne for an unnatural period of time. Almost matrix like

Verdant

And the way he switched hands mid-air? Such beauty. I want to vote that the save of season but I’m sure he’s gonna make even better saves

Give youth a chance

Waiting for all the ‘Sp*rs in crisis’ articles in the media

Oscandwarf

Don’t hold your breath.

Dizzle

The media darlings can never be in crisis…

Cultured Determination

No doubt kane is the MOTM today. Slid in to play saka through to make the game safe for us. One of the best link-up play and vision.

Der32

His hard work getting the ball back for Arsenal kickstarted our counter attack too. He knows London is Red.

Goonshow

Wasn’t that sweet!

A Different George

Before the match, on the US television feed, Graeme Le Saux was asked what it would take for Kane to start scoring again. “Moving to Man City,” was his answer.

Verdant

10 – Kane – An assist of a kind. Fucking hates Sp*rs

The Beast

That’ll do.

Line-up, tactics, execution & attitude all spot on. Almost enjoyed the defending & game management in the 2nd half as much as I enjoyed the attacking play in the 1st.

John

Can we play spuds every weekend please? 🙂

Group captain mandrake

Only Norwich, only Burnley and now only Spurs.

Grymelock

Am I the only one who thinks Ben White looks like a young Pirate Roberts?

Lacaubapepe

Hard to single out a standout performance today. All were outstanding. Hope this is truly a green shoot for the Artetaball! Hope Xhaka’s injury isn’t too serious! That beauty of a second goal was down to him turning a bad pass from Ramsdale into a lightning attack!

But hey! Is it too early to say we’ve got ourselves an RB and a goalkeeper?

Virginia Gooner

Back to the shadows for those shadow dwellers. Fucking cunts. Come on the Arsenal!!

DPK

Not a single bad performance. I think Arteta could have made subs earlier (Saka was clearly exhausted) but other than that top marks all around

Goonshow

Yeah – I would’ve liked to see Laca get a few mins late on. He’s always fought like a tiger in the derby matches and it may have been his last home one?

sAMa

So happy

North Bank Gooner

The visitors set out their stall early, being shit from the very first minute….

Ricky

Best game of the season so far

Jon

beautiful first half. Restrained 2nd half. Thought the substitutions were all 10 minutes late.
I hope xhaka isn’t hurt, but he was slowest and least effective player.

The Beast

Disagree. Thought he had a really solid game. Cant remember him misplacing a pass or getting dispossessed. Thought he was good positionally as well.

His involvement in the 2nd goal was class. Made something out of a poor ball from Ramsdale.

Goonshow

he gave away a couple of his trademark rugby-tackle free kicks though – totally unecessary and very risky, given his record with refs!

Yoda

Red, London is.

Nkem Peter.

Can we play this Spurs team every Sunday afternoon please.