Arsenal stole the bragging rights in north London with a 2-0 victory over neighbours Tottenham at The Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
There was talk pre-match of a power shift in this area of London after Spurs finished above the Gunners last season but goals from Shkodran Mustafi (36) and Alexis Sanchez (41) ended Arsenal’s longest ever winless run against their fiercest rivals (six games).
Both goals seemed to irk the Tottenham coaching staff, who could be seen remonstrating with the officials at half-time over some debatable calls from referee Mike Dean and his officials but Arsenal were worthy winners.
he defeat was Mauricio Pochettino’s first north London derby reverse in the Premier League as Spurs continued to struggle away from home against the other top six teams, having now claimed just three wins from 32 away days against the ‘big six’.
Meanwhile, Arsenal – who showed steel as well as style when it mattered – have won their opening six Premier League home games for the first time since 2007.
The Gunners showed positive intent early as Spurs played a waiting, counter-attack based game.
There was a heart-in-mouth moment for Jan Vertonghen on seven minutes as Mesut Ozil barged in behind him but referee Dean spotted a foul. Alexandre Lacazette was then inches away from connecting with a Hector Bellerin centre on 19 minutes but Spurs just did enough to survive.
Man of the match: Mesut Ozil
This was the Mesut Ozil we all want to see. Creating havoc with the ball and mucking in when the going got tough. He looked in the mood from the off, threading balls into Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette, which caused a huge problem for the Spurs back four.
Thierry Henry said: “The desire of the Arsenal squad is second to none today. But Ozil has been amazing.
“I’m not talking about when he has been on the ball but off the ball. What he has been doing, helping the back three at one point and then five seconds after nearly being on a one vs one situation with Hugo Lloris.”