This was the best day Arsenal have had at the Emirates under Mikel Arteta.
A rip roaring atmosphere, brilliant all action performance and an unforgettable victory over their greatest rivals.
For Tottenham, it will go down as a defeat so bad that if alarm bells were not ringing about Nuno Espirito Santo before then they definitely will be now.
Mixed in with the North London bragging rights is an incredible turnaround in the space of 28 days which suggests these are two clubs heading in different directions.
On August 29, Tottenham went top of the Premier League after three straight wins and Arsenal were bottom of the table after three straight defeats.
Now, Arsenal are 10th, above Tottenham in 11th, which shows how quickly things can change which will probably be a consolation for Nuno but you cannot escape either how quickly it has turned sour for Spurs.
Arsenal were as good as Tottenham were bad. Arsenal were so dominant in the first half they could have scored more than three while Tottenham looked as if they either did not understand the game plan or were not playing for the manager.
Tottenham were a complete shambles, overrun in midfield, toothless up front and a mess in defence which Arsenal exploited to full effect.
Arsenal were full of energy, passion and movement. They were brilliant. Thomas Partey was their kingpin in midfield as he provided the foundation and base for all of the skilful players to shine.
Bukayo Saka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith-Rowe scored and they were sensational with Martin Odegaard pulling strings in midfield.
Aaron Ramsdale was confident in goal, Takehiro Tomiyasu looks an instant hit because of his battling qualities while Ben White and Gabriel were solid in defence.
It was a complete team performance which Tottenham could not match. Tottenham did get better in the second half as Oliver Skipp replaced Dele Alli (who you could forget was even playing) and Emerson Royal came on for Japhet Tanganga who had a wretched first 45 minutes.
But by the time Heung Min-Son gave Tottenham hope in the 79th minute, most of the away end had emptied out and the home fans were still singing: “You’re getting sacked in the morning” at Nuno.
When the final whistle blew, the Emirates erupted in joy and Arteta joined the players to clap each side of the ground. This was joy unconfined.
Arsenal were better from first to last. The first goal came after 12 minutes when Odegaard spread the ball wide to Saka and his low cross was brilliantly steered home by Smith-Rowe. Saka and Smith-Rowe have an incredible telepathic understanding.
They got a second after 27 minutes. Aubameyang’s brilliant flick on the halfway line was reminiscent of Dennis Bergkamp’s wonder goal at Newcastle all those years ago, Smith-Rowe then raced forward and pulled the ball back for Aubameyang to fire home.
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The third goal was another terrific team effort. Partey robbed Harry Kane, Smith-Rowe played the ball forward to Saka who charged into the box, Kane chased back and threw himself into a challenge but Saka was still able to fire home past the helpless Hugo Lloris.
Tottenham pushed Arsenal further back after the restart but Kane could not get into the game and missed a gilt edged chance when he went through but fired wide.
Eventually, Son pulled one back after fine work by Skipp, the impressive Bryan Gil and Sergio Reguilon. But it was too little too late.
Arsenal had eased off, Tottenham did not have enough to fight back. Lucas Moura did come close when his shot was deflected and Ramsdale made a sensational save to tip it onto the crossbar.
Ramsdale celebrated like he had scored a goal. It was enough to maintain the two goal winning margin and goal difference to keep Arsenal above Tottenham.Read More Read More