Three first-half goals saw Arsenal comfortably defeat Tottenham 3-1 in the first North London derby of the season (Top Six Finish – Arsenal 11/8, Tottenham 5/4).
Both teams were coming into the game on the back of mixed starts to the season but it was Arsenal who dominated at the Emirates Stadium to come out on top.
Emile Smith Rowe tapped home Bukayo Saka’s cross early on to give them the lead with Spurs’ defence static in the box.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished expertly into the far corner following Smith Rowe’s ball across after a swift counter attack.
Saka grabbed the third when he pounced on some good fortune to finish calmly into the far corner.
It was a shambolic first half from Tottenham, who have conceded three goals in teach of their last three Premier League matches.
They rallied in the second half and Son Heung-min’s late goal gave them a glimmer of hope, but in reality it was too little too late.
It has been some turnaround from Mikel Arteta’s side who were bottom after three games, while Spurs were top after a perfect August.
Arsenal are now up to tenth, and above Spurs by virtue of goals scored.
Arteta dedicated the win to the club’s fans and says he has the right blend of players to work with.
“This win is for the fans,” said the Spaniard. “They were there when we needed their support. We started really strongly and were determined. In the second half we had to do what we had to do.
“We just need to keep everyone healthy because we are going to need everyone. It was the exact mix we needed with the senior players and then the youth.”
Earlier, Raul Jimenez’s first goal since he fractured his skull last season was the decisive blow as Wolves beat Southampton (Wolves 1/12, Southampton 1/5 – To Stay Up) 1-0 at St Mary’s.
The Mexican controlled goalkeeper Jose Sa’s long pass before brushing off the challenge of Jan Bednarek before rolling the ball past Alex McCarthy.
The win is just the second in Bruno Lage’s Wolves career, while Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton are still waiting for their first three-point haul of the season.
Wolves have moved up to 14th while Southampton drop to 16th.