Six goals, controversial decisions, a brawl, a red card and Mike Dean – Sunday’s north London derby at the Emirates had it all, with Arsenal running out deserving 4-2 winners.
Under Unai Emery, the Gunners have been revitalised and they started the contest in superb fashion, scoring after just 10 minutes.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the goalscorer for the hosts, converting a penalty after Jan Vertonghen had handled the ball in the box.
Buoyed by that goal, Arsenal continued to dominate. However, it was Spurs who would score next, against the run of play.
Eric Dier was the man to level the scores, with the midfield nodding home from a Christian Eriksen free-kick, via some less-than-impressive goalkeeping from Bernd Leno.
Dier’s celebration in front of the Arsenal subs sparked a rather tasty fracas involving both sets of players.
Just five minutes later, Tottenham stunned the home fans and took the lead, with Harry Kane scoring with the second penalty of the game.
The spot-kick came after Mike Dean judged Rob Holding to have fouled Son Heung-min in the box, although the decision was by no means clear-cut, with the contact as minimal as you can get.
Ahead of the second-half, Emery once again showed his willingness to change things up early on, sending on Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey for Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
On 56 minutes, Ramsey would make his mark on the game, setting up Aubameyang who produced a magnificent first-time curling finish.
The hosts continued to push for another goal and it would eventually come, on 74 minutes, with another sub, Lacazette, firing home from the edge of the box via a deflection.
Things would get even better for Arsenal just three minutes later, with the outstanding Lucas Torreira netting his first goal for the Gunners to seal the win for the home side.
Late on, Vertonghen would receive his marching orders for a second bookable offence to top off a thoroughly disappointing day for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The totally deserved win sees Arsenal leapfrog Tottenham into fourth spot, as Emery continues to energise the red half of north London.