Highlights- Arsenal Dominates Tottenham in North London Derby, Secures 8-Point Lead in Premier League
- World Soccer Today -
Arsenal defeated Tottenham 2-0 in a North London rivalry match and moved 8 points ahead in the league standings.
Arsenal secured a 2-0 win over their North London rivals, Tottenham, in their Premier League match on Sunday, marking their first victory at Tottenham in nine years.
The win was aided by a mistake from Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who pushed Bukayo Saka's cross into his own net early in the first half.
Martin Odegaard added Arsenal's second goal with a long-range strike just before halftime.
This victory moved Arsenal 8 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City, and marked their first league double over Tottenham since 2013-14.
The game was seen as a significant test for Arsenal's title hopes, as they had previously lost all three games at Tottenham's new stadium since its opening in 2019.
The win solidifies Arsenal's position as title contenders, and even a missed opportunity to sign a player could be overlooked in light of this success.
The Gunners are currently on a 12-game unbeaten streak in the league and are in a strong position to win the title for the first time since the 2004 Invincibles team led by Arsene Wenger.
With Manchester City appearing less strong than usual and Liverpool facing difficulty, Arsenal has taken the lead in the title race with 15 wins in 18 games.
They will face a significant test next week when they host Manchester United, the only team to have defeated them in the league this season.
The team still has to play against Manchester City twice in the league and in the FA Cup.
In this match, Lloris made a mistake which gave Arsenal an early chance to score by his miscued clearance that forced Eddie Nketiah to save.
Arsenal took the lead in the 14th minute due to a mistake by Lloris.
When Saka crossed the ball into the six-yard box from the right flank, it should have been an easy save for Lloris.
However, he attempted a weak save which allowed the ball to slip into the net at the near post.
Saka was surprised as he celebrated with his teammates while Lloris was visibly embarrassed.
The Arsenal keeper, Aaron Ramsdale, demonstrated how it should be done as he quickly saved a shot from Son Heung-min.
Lloris had to dive to his left to turn away a long-range drive from Odegaard as Arsenal continued to put pressure on the opposing team.
Arsenal controlled the game with ease, dominating possession and came close to scoring when Thomas Partey's long-range volley hit the post.
Saka was a constant threat, causing confusion in the space between Tottenham's central defense and the wing-back Ryan Sessegnon.
It was Saka who set up Odegaard for the second goal in the 36th minute as he advanced unchecked and passed the ball to the unmarked Odegaard who scored from 25 yards.
Even Harry Kane, who has historically been a problem for Arsenal, couldn't stop the team's momentum.
Kane's header was saved by Ramsdale, and the keeper also stopped shots from Sessegnon in the second half.
Tottenham fans left the game early, and there was a scuffle at the final whistle as Ramsdale and Richarlison got into an altercation, with security having to intervene.