EPL: Arsenal beat Tottenham in North London derby

Updated: Nov 19, 2017, 11:35 IST | AFP

Mustafi and Sanchez on target as Arsenal blow away Tottenham 2-0 to secure their first North London derby win since 2014 Premier League

Controversial goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal their first Premier League success against Tottenham since 2014 as the Gunners won 2-0 in a heated North London derby on Saturday. Arsene Wenger's side ended a six-match winless run against their hated rivals thanks to a pair of fiercely debated first-half goals at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi (left) celebrates his goal with teammates against Tottenham during an EPL match on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi (left) celebrates his goal with teammates against Tottenham during an EPL match on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images

Unlucky Tottenham
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 in the 36th minute from what the visitors claimed was an offside position. Mauricio Pochettino's men felt hard done by again when Sanchez doubled Arsenal's lead in the 41st minute by converting a pass from Alexandre Lacazette, who looked offside in the build-up to the goal.

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen is dejected after his team’s defeat on Saturday. pic/AFP
Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen is dejected after his team’s defeat on Saturday. pic/AFP

Breather for Gunners
Arsenal's first league win over Tottenham since March 2014 was a welcome tonic after their chastening loss at Man City in their last match. Arsenal move within one point of Tottenham and, even if City remain a distant speck on the horizon, proving the balance of power in north London hasn't completely shifted to their neighbours was cause enough for jubilation among Gunners fans. Having finished above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years last season, Tottenham missed a chance to underline their ascendency and remain without a win at the Emirates since 2010.

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