LONDON – Gabriel Jesus scored his first north London derby goal as Arsenal beat 10-man Tottenham 3-1 on Saturday to go top of the Premier League.
Jesus capitalized on a defensive error to make it 2-1 early in the second half and Tottenham’s chance to come back was then given a straight red by Emerson Royale in the 62nd minute for a needless stud-up challenge on Gabriel Martinelli. Got the card.
Granit Xhaka quickly capitalized on Mane’s advantage to add a third goal five minutes later as Arsenal moved four points clear of Spurs and Manchester City at the top of the table. Tottenham would have finished above Arsenal with a win.
City can move back within a point of Arsenal with a win at crosstown rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
Arsenal took the lead at the Emirates Stadium through a stunning strike from midfielder Thomas Partey, who turned in a long-range shot from Hugo Lloris in the 20th after a strong start by the hosts. Arsenal dominated much of the first half as Spurs were content to sit back and wait for counter-attacking opportunities. That strategy paid off on the half-hour mark when Bokaio Saka turned the ball over and the visitors launched a swift counter that ended with Arsenal being awarded a penalty as defender Gabriel tripped Richarlison in the area.
Harry Kane headed straight for a center kick to equalise.
But Arsenal were back in front shortly after the restart. Saka broke in from the right and fired a low shot that Lloris could only leave straight in front of him. Defender Cristian Romero tried to play the ball back to his goalkeeper but the talented Lloris couldn’t collect the ball, which bounced under his body – allowing Jesus to slot it into an empty net.
It was Jesus’ fifth league goal since joining from Manchester City in the off-season and he could have had another a few minutes later when he headed wide after a cross from the right.
The derby fixture was usually surprisingly devoid of hard challenges and fouls, with not a single player booked in the first half. But Royal converted when the back of Martinelli’s calf nicked his skin – a completely needless challenge as the Brazilian headed towards his goal well inside his own half.
Referee Anthony Taylor showed a straight red, which effectively ended Spurs’ resistance.
Martinelli then set up Xhaka with a low shot inside the far post to score a third and Tottenham manager Antonio Conte conceded defeat as he soon made a quadruple substitution – forward Richarlison and Son Heung-min – in Tuesday’s Champions League. with one eye. A match in Frankfurt’s Eintracht League.
Arsenal now have seven wins from their opening eight games to cement their position as proper title challengers, having finished fifth last season.