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Arsenal on top in derby

Published:Monday | September 27, 2021 | 12:08 AM
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka (front) celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during their English Premier League match against north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London, England, yesterday.
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka (front) celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during their English Premier League match against north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London, England, yesterday.

LONDON, England (AP):

Arsenal tore Tottenham apart with three goals in the opening 34 minutes in a 3-1 victory yesterday that extended their early-season recovery and completed a miserable September for their north London rivals in the English Premier League (EPL).

The goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka completed a third successive league win for Arsenal who lost their opening three games.

In a reversal of fortunes, Tottenham have now lost three in a row in the league after opening with a trio of successes.

The opener came in the 12th minute after Martin Ødegaard spread the ball wide to Saka, whose low cross reached the unmarked Smith Rowe to sweep into the net.

Arsenal pounced on the counter-attack in the 27th with Smith Rowe squaring for Aubameyang to add the second goal.

Things would get even better for the Gunners as Saka got on the scoresheet.

Thomas Partey stole the ball off Harry Kane and Arsenal again broke behind the Spurs defence with three passes. Smith Rowe found Saka, who ran into the box and was challenged well by a backtracking Kane, only for the loose ball to roll back into the path of his England teammate. Saka then finished low past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham gave themselves a chance to make an unexpected comeback as Son Heung-min turned in a cross from Sergio Reguilón in the 79th. But there would be no recovery for Nuno Espírito Santo’s side.

Yesterday’s EPL results:

Southampton 0--1 Wolverhampton

Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham