Olivier Giroud's deft finish proved the winner as Arsenal ended Tottenham’s 100 per cent Premier League record with victory in an intense North London derby.
The in-form Frenchman, who has scored in every Premier League game this season, darted to the near post and finished Theo Walcott’s low cross with a classy touch after indecisive defending by Spurs.
Tottenham, who are yet to score from open play this season, failed to create many clear-cut chances, with substitute Jermain Defoe coming closest to levelling when he lashed a 20 yard volley at goal - but Wojciech Szczesny clawed it out with a fine save low to his left.
Walcott spurned two chances to add a second, with Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris in inspired form. But Arsenal survived a late Spurs onslaught to seal back-to-back Premier League wins and bragging rights over their bitter rivals.
PRE-MATCH: Erik Lamela on the bench for Spurs, Mathieu Flamini for Arsenal – Each side’s latest signing takes their place on the bench. Lamela, a £25million record acquisition from Roma, and Flamini, rejoining Arsenal on a free transfer from AC Milan.
6’ CHANCE FOR ARSENAL: Cazorla drills a free kick under the Spurs wall but drags it inches wide as Arsenal enjoy a strong start.
23’ GOAL - Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham: Giroud scores for Arsenal. Rosicky slides the ball through to Walcott, who beats the Spurs offside trap and picks out Giroud, who finishes with a delightful touch at the near post.
43' WILSHERE DEPARTS: The Arsenal midfielder had been suffering with sickness prior to kick off and fails to reach half time. Flamini replaces him.
63’ CHANCE FOR ARSENAL: Giroud tests Lloris with an early shot from 20 yards, but the French keeper pulls off a fine save low to his right.
69’ CHANCE FOR ARSENAL: Dawson loses possession and arsenal break through Giroud, who finds Walcott – but Lloris races off his line to make another vital stop from Walcott.
73’ SPURS LOSE CAPOUE: Tottenham’s impressive combative midfielder is taken off with what appears to be a nasty injury. Applauded by all sides of the stadium as he departs on a stretcher.
75’ CHANCE FOR SPURS: Tottenham’s best chance of the half falls to Defoe, whose stinging volley from 20 yards is saved brilliantly by Szczesny. Soldado’s claims for a penalty are waved away, with the Spaniard claiming his follow up shot struck Giroud on the arm.
Infostrada: Olivier Giroud has scored in all three of Arsenal’s league games so far this season and has bagged four goals in his last five Premier League appearances at the Emirates.
Opta: All 14 of Giroud’s Premier League goals have come in London: 12 at The Emirates, one at West Ham and one at Fulham.
Infostrada: This was the first time since November 2010 that Tottenham have not had a man sent off at the Emirates.
TALKING POINT – Who’s in better shape to finish in the top four? Arsene Wenger has been ridiculed for his failure to add to Arsenal’s squad, but have those claims been exaggerated? Based on this performance, Arsenal have little to worry about if the likes of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott continue to fire – but the Gunners surely still need to add some depth to their squad before the deadline. Meanwhile, Spurs may have splashed the best part of £100million on new signings, but they will need some time to bed in. There’s a long way to go, but it’s advantage Arsenal.
MAN OF THE MATCH - Olivier Giroud (Arsenal): Another fine display by the man who's proving an able replacement for Robin van Persie. A beautifully taken goal here continues his run of three-in-three in the Premier League this season.
Arsenal: Szczesny 8, Jenkinson 7, Mertesacker 7, Koscielny 7, Gibbs 8, Ramsey 7, Wilshere 6, Walcott 8, Rosicky 8, Cazorla 7, Giroud 9. Subs: Flamini 7, Monreal N/A, Sagna N/A.
Tottenham: Lloris 8, Walker 6, Dawson 6, Vertonghen 6, Rose 7, Paulinho 7, Capoue 7, Townsend 7, Dembele 6, Chadli 5, Soldado 6. Subs: Defoe 7, Sandro 6, Lamela 6.
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