Mikel Arteta and Arsenal took another
crucial step to winning the 2022/23 Premier League title as the Gunners beat
Tottenham 2-0 in the North London Derby on Sunday night. The visitors dominated
their local rivals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and completed the double
over Antonio Conte’s side in the Premier League. Hugo Lloris scored a
calamitous own goal to kick things off for the Gunners before a Martin Odegaard
strike in the first half gave the league leaders a comfortable victory on enemy
The Gunners haven’t won away to Tottenham
since the 2013-14 season, but Mikel Arteta’s side overwhelmed their opposition
from the first whistle. Arsenal pressed from the front with intensity and
nearly opened the scoring as they forced Hugo Lloris into a mistake in
possession in the early exchanges, but Eddie Nketiah couldn’t find the back of
the net following the turnover. However, it didn’t take long for the Gunners to
convert their possession into a lead as they found the back of the net in the
14th minute thanks to an own goal from the Spurs goalkeeper.
Bukayo Saka drove at Ryan Sessegnon from
the right wing, and his cross took a deflection off the wing-back, leading to
the French keeper spurning his stop and spilling the ball into the back of the
net to give Arsenal the lead. Mikel Arteta’s side pushed on after the opening
goal. The Gunners carved out plenty of chances in the first period, with Martin
Odegaard testing Lloris from distance and Thomas Partey rattling the woodwork
with a thunderous strike.
Aaron Ramsdale made one crucial save to
deny Heung-Min Son, and Arsenal doubled their lead shortly after, with Martin
Odegaard firing in his eighth league goal of the season. The captain received
the ball from Bukayo Saka in acres of space and unleashed a stinging effort
from outside the box to find the bottom corner.
Having taken a 2-0 lead, the Gunners
controlled the game without the ball in the second period. Tottenham ventured
forward to try and create an opening, but the hosts could not find a way past
Aaron Ramsdale, who made two magnificent saves to deny Harry Kane and Ryan
Sessegnon to maintain the Arsenal clean sheet. The Gunners had a chance to make
it 3-0, but Eddie Nketiah couldn’t convert on the counter.
This win takes Arsenal to their best points
tally at this stage of the season in their history, extending their lead at the
top of the table over Manchester City to eight points.