Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham

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Interview

‘I’m not at 100 per cent… but I’m getting there’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in red-hot form right now. 

The Gabon striker netted his 11th and 12th goals of the season during Sunday’s north London derby win at Emirates Stadium, putting him two clear of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot.

“It’s early in the season and I know that we have good strikers in this league,” he said. “It will be tough, but I am happy that we won against Tottenham. I think the most important thing, as I always say, is the team.

“I think I’m not at my 100 per cent, but it is coming. It’s coming. Against Tottenham, I felt very good on the pitch and I am really happy. But my best form is coming.

“It’s the best league in the world so it’s a great challenge for me. Of course I prefer playing centrally, but I know that I am can help the team and sometimes the coach puts me on the left side. But as I said, it’s my favourite position, so on Sunday it was good.”

Post-Match Report

Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham: How it happened

Aubameyang goal

WHAT HAPPENED

We came from behind to complete a stunning turnaround victory in the north London derby.

It was no less than we deserved, making most of the running, creating the better chances, and looking dangerous for the majority of this pulsating encounter, save for a damaging five-minute period in the first half. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave us the lead from the penalty spot after 10 minutes, but the game turned against us with two controversial Spurs goals on the half-hour mark.

Once again we showed tremendous character to bounce back in the second half, levelling with another superb finish from Aubameyang. From then on we took control again. Half-time substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette combined for the third goal and three minutes later Lucas Torreira scored his first for the club to seal a memorable victory.

Lucas Torreira

Unai Emery selected an unchanged XI from our last Premier League game for his first ever north London derby, and we penned back Tottenham from the whistle, starting with an intensity that has often been lacking in the first half of games this season.

Aubameyang headed over from a Henrikh Mkhitaryan cross in the opening 10 minutes before he stroked home his penalty, given for handball against Jan Vertonghen.

We were good value for the lead, and Alex Iwobi could well have doubled our advantage when he got on the end of Sead Kolasinac's cutback. His fierce shot was goalbound, but Hugo Lloris got down well to save.

Tottenham's best chances in the first half hour fell to Heung-min Son, who was kept out twice at the near post by Bernd Leno.

We were seemingly in charge of the game until two goals in four minutes turned the game around. First Eric Dier glanced home a free-kick at the near post, sparking a scuffle with the subs when he celebrated in front of the Arsenal fans. Dier was booked by referee Mike Dean.

Once the game eventually restarted, Son raced through on goal, and referee Dean adjudged he was brought down by Rob Holding, even though contact looked minimal. Harry Kane tucked home the spot-kick.

The turnaround came out of nowhere, and completely disrupted our rhythm. The game had an extra edge now, triggered by the scenes following Dier's celebration and Son's elaborate fall for the penalty.

We slowly began to rebuild though, and Shkodran Mustafi hit the bar with a looping header just before the interval.

Emery introduced Lacazette and Ramsey at half-time, but for a while we struggled to reproduce the intensity of the first half hour.

That was until Aubameyang's blistering shot brought us level. just before the hour. Ramsey managed to divert the ball into his path on the edge of the box, the striker unleashed an unstoppable drive past Lloris for his 12th goal of the season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

It breathed new life into our attack. Mustafi had a shot charged down from close range and Torreira's follow up flew just over. Sokratis then headed over but Spurs were nearly gifted a goal from Bellerin's loose pass across the box. Leno leapt away to his right to keep out the shot.

It proved to be nothing more than a blip, as we secured the points with two goals in quick succession.

First Aaron Ramsey's quick-thinking set up Lacazette with a long pass. The striker's low shot from 20 yards looked to lack pace, but the placement was perfect, and it found its way into the bottom corner.

The Emirates sound levels reached new levels just moments later when Torriera streaked away, finishing well at the near post to make it 4-2.

Tottenham's Vertonghen was sent off late on for a lunge on Lacazette, to compound the visitors' misery, but today was all about Arsenal - making it 19 games without defeat in stunning fashion.

Alexandre Lacazette goal

HOW IT HAPPENED

Click here to relive the key moments from a cracking north London derby

WHAT IT MEANS

Premier league table

The Premier League table following the full-time whistle at Emirates Stadium


WHAT'S NEXT

The big Premier League games keep coming, we travel to Manchester on Wednesday to take on United at Old Trafford, then return to Emirates Stadium on Saturday to face Huddersfield in a 3pm kick off. 

ANALYSIS

Read our in-depth analysis of the game and the four key points right here

Interview

‘The fans gave us power and we felt strong’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a man on a mission on Sunday. 

The Gabon striker scored twice as we picked up another memorable win over Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium.

Here’s what he said to the media after the match:

on winning 4-2…
We had a great first half but after the first goal we conceded, we had a moment where we were a bit down. At half-time we were confident. We spoke and we knew that we could do it in the second half, to come back. We did it. Then we had the fans behind us and we had power, we felt strong. We went for the win.

on whether we’re more resilient now…
Yeah I think so. We can always see that in the second half we play very well. We don’t give up and that’s the mentality. 

on whether we start to look higher in the table now…
I think the most important thing right now is the performances. Of course we want to continue this form and we’re still winning games. We’re unbeaten, so it’s great at the moment. We just have to keep going.

on whether that’s the best result and performance of the season…
I think so, yeah. 

Interview

‘He’s unbelievable but he does that all day’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Aaron Ramsey knows just how much a north London derby win means to Arsenal fans.

The midfielder is well into his 10th season with us and played a starring role off the bench in Sunday’s game, setting up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second goal.

Ramsey was asked about Auba’s finishing and more after the game. Here’s what he had to say:

on making a difference from the bench…
I think a lot of our subs this season have come on and made an impact. It was important again today. We started well in the first half, we then had a little stutter but we dug in and in the second half we won pretty convincingly. 

on letting Tottenham back into the game…
I’m not sure exactly what when on when we were on the touchline but the two teams came together and then they scored. Whatever happens on the pitch stays on the pitch, but we were pretty concentrated on coming back after that and winning the game.

on the instructions he received when coming on…
I was trying to play in between the lines, trying to pull the team forward, turning in little areas and we have some strikers who are in great form at the moment. It’s easy to pick out their runs and most of the time they put the ball in the back of the net. I’m happy with the way that I performed and the way that the team performed as well.

on the build-up to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second…
It was unbelievable but he does that in training all the time. He just eases the ball into the corners but with pace as well. It reminds me of Thierry Henry’s finishes, so he has that in the locker. He’s been fabulous for us.

on that changing things mentally…
Yeah I think that as important for us to score that goal. Then you could really feel that the atmosphere was electric. That really helped us to get over the line and win convincingly in the end. 

on what it means to beat Tottenham…
I’ve been here now for many, many years so it means an awful lot to me and the fans as well. I’m just glad I could play my part and we can all go home happy tonight.

Press conference

‘This is a special victory, it’s for the fans’

One north London derby in charge, one north London derby win for Unai Emery.

Our head coach was a proud onlooker as his side came back from 2-1 down to win 4-2 at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Emery faced the media after the game and had this to say: 

on whether this was his best day…
My best day was when I signed here! My English is improving from my first day to today. Now I am thinking about the match on Wednesday in Manchester. This is a very big victory, we showed our supporters and we give them this victory because it's a very special match against Tottenham. For us it's the same - special, but above all it's three points, like last week against Bournemouth, and like Wednesday in Manchester. Now we are happy, we are enjoying it, but short. Why? Because Tottenham lost today but they are on the same points as us in the table. We also need to continue in our way, in our process, and for our confidence it was a very big match. But don't forget that they beat Chelsea last week in a very big match and today they are close with us. Wednesday is a good example for us, we need to think about Manchester on Wednesday.
 
on the half-time substitutions…
Before I started the match I prepared in my mind different situations in the match. One was this. Why? Because Lacazette has very big efficiency in scoring against every team and because Aaron has experience against Tottenham and in derby matches. He has experience of coming back against big teams.
 
on whether he believes Arsenal can beat anybody…
We know it's very difficult in Manchester, in history and in present. We are going to prepare the best possible way to have the best performance against them. We know it will be difficult, it's a big challenge for us and we want to have a lot of challenges like that.

on the confrontation at 1-1…
It's a moment on the pitch with the players, they very big emotions. The heart is fired a lot, and we need to be calm also.