Arsenal rise to the occasion in north London derby

Mauricio Pochettino Manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsene Wenger Manager of Arsenal shake hands after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium

Tottenham were furious that referee Mike Dean awarded a free-kick for Davinson Sanchez's challenge on Alexis Sanchez and their indignation grew louder when, from the resulting set-piece, Mustafi headed Arsenal's opener from what the visitors claimed was an offside position.

Goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez ensured Arsene Wenger's side enjoyed their first Premier League win over Spurs for three-and-a-half years on Saturday.

Hector Bellerin says Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the north London derby has silenced the doubters. "When we win against them and it is a different opinion and I am working hard to try to improve that".

You know people, to get into the head of football people, they think just because the contract situation is not always what they hoped, they walk on the football pitch there and they think "OK, it doesn't matter".

Mustafi, who was linked to an exit from Arsenal over the summer, opened the scoring for the 2-0 triumph.


It was the flawless response to critics who had claimed Arsenal were destined for another frustrating season following a dispiriting loss at Manchester City before the worldwide break. However, he is concerned about whether Arsenal can maintain this standard throughout the season.

Lacking the hunger that inspired their famous win over European champions Real Madrid, Tottenham had reverted to the diffident mood that has often marred their trips to top-six rivals since Pochettino took charge. Against the run of play, Christian Eriksen gained control of the ball and took a low shot that had well beaten Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal, but could not evade the post.

They may not have deserved their opening goal but no one could deny that, on Saturday at least, Arsenal had been the better team.

Fans and Pundit alike hailed the performance of Ozil as the German was seen tracking back and willing to do the dirty work in order for his team to walk away victorious. Goals: Mustafi 36, Sanchez 41.

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