A first-half blitz from Mikel Arteta's men laid the foundations for a resounding win over North London rivals Tottenham on Sunday.
Here's what we thought of each individual Arsenal performance.
🏴 Aaron Ramsdale 8
Although he'll be disappointed to have conceded for the first time as an Arsenal goalkeeper, the Englishman again looked assured with his distribution and was vocal and confident throughout the contest. Tipped Lucas Moura's deflected shot onto the crossbar in stunningly acrobatic fashion to show off another string to his bow.
🇯🇵 Takehiro Tomiyasu 8
Another no-nonsense display from the ex-Bologna man who dealt well with the threat of Son Heung-min on Arsenal's right. His two-footedness and aerial excellence really stand out and make him an adept operator in Mikel Arteta's system.
🏴 Ben White 7.5
Probably his most assured game for the club. Confident in possession and made a handful of timely interventions to snuff out danger before it materialized.
🇧🇷 Gabriel 7
The Brazilian excels in the air and he won pretty much everything that Spurs launched into the Arsenal area. Complements White very well.
🏴 Kieran Tierney 7.5
A constant threat down Arsenal's left and always committed in the tackle. Didn't have much to do.
🇨🇭 Granit Xhaka 7
Unsurprisingly took his place in the engine room after suspension and his experience was key on an occasion like this. Typically put himself about in the physical battle and kept the ball ticking over. Will hope that his injury isn't serious.
🇬🇭 Thomas Partey 8
Gunners fans will be desperate for the Ghanaian to stay fit because whenever he plays, Partey oozes quality on the ball. The in-form Tanguy Ndombele was unable to get a handle on Partey, who controlled proceedings from the centre of the park.
🇳🇴 Martin Ødegaard 8.5
Despite being guilty of carelessly giving the ball away once or twice in the first half, the Norwegian's class was obvious as he dictated the tempo of the match and found intuitive positions from which to operate. Scored in the corresponding fixture last season and sparkled in this. Looks to enjoy the big occasion.
🏴 Bukayo Saka 8.5
The youngest player in Premier League history to claim a goal and an assist in a North London Derby, Saka eclipsed a Cesc Fàbregas record that had stood since 2007.
Saka's 2021-22 campaign started slowly, mirroring that of the club as a whole, but the 20-year-old's trademark directness and knifing runs gave Sergio Reguilon nightmares for the majority of the encounter. The cohesion and chemistry that he and Smith Rowe continue to develop is a credit to Arsenal's Hale End academy.
5 - Emile Smith Rowe (21) and Bukayo Saka (20) have assisted one another five times in the Premier League; among duos when both aged 21 or younger, only Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney (8) have assisted one another more often in the competition's history. Partnership. pic.twitter.com/QNWnEP3yac— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 26, 2021
🇬🇦 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 9
Arsenal's skipper produced a high-quality captain's display, making a nuisance of himself as his team's attacking focal point and leading from the front. Sumptuously laid the ball off to Emile Smith Rowe who streaked through to cut back for the Gabonese striker to tuck home the second with his left foot. It wasn't the cleanest strike of his career but top-quality strikers tend to find the net when chances present themselves. The move itself was a neat summary of the entire match; Arsenal passed it crisply and confidently and Spurs couldn't live with it.
🏴 Emile Smith Rowe 9.5
Arsenal's new number 10 called this "the best day of his life" and it was also his best match in a red & white jersey to date. A goal and an assist in the Derby was no less than ESR deserved after a performance punctuated by crisp passing, intelligent movement into dangerous areas and deceptive pace. Man of the match.
Tonight, incredibly, Graham Potter's Brighton side will go top of the Premier League if they beat Crystal Palace in the "M83 Derby" at Selhurst Park.
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