An enthralling north London derby ended in a 4-2 victory for Arsenal, who move above Tottenham into fourth in the Premier League table.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to help Arsenal to a thrilling 4-2 derby win over Tottenham at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The striker became the first Premier League player to reach 10 goals for the season before late strikes from Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira secured all three points for Unai Emery’s rampant side.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men, who saw Jan Vertonghen sent off late on, led 2-1 at half-time thanks to Eric Dier and Harry Kane, but the result sees them drop out of the top four at the expense of their north London rivals.
The Gunners’ dominant start was rewarded 10 minutes in, when Aubameyang swept home from the spot after Vertonghen intercepted a cross towards the six-yard box with a raised hand.
Spurs found themselves level with half an hour played, though, when Bernd Leno failed to keep out Dier’s near-post header from a Christian Eriksen free-kick, after which a melee ensued among the Arsenal substitutes and Spurs’ celebrating players.
Dier looked to be marginally offside and referee Mike Dean was in the spotlight again four minutes later, when he penalised Rob Holding for sliding in on Son despite minimal contact, allowing Kane to make it 2-1 from 12 yards.
8 – No player has scored more Premier League North London derby goals than Harry Kane (8, level with Emmanuel Adebayor). Ruthless. pic.twitter.com/AYR6KmJ3J0
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Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey came on at half-time and the latter helped the Gunners draw level, steering Hector Bellerin’s pass to Aubameyang, who bent a sublime first-time finish past the static Lloris.
Chances came and went before Arsenal got the crucial fifth goal 17 minutes from time, when Ramsey robbed Juan Foyth and Lacazette’s strike spun in off Dier’s shin.
Torreira’s first for the club followed three minutes later when he slotted past Lloris and celebrated with gusto.
Vertonghen was dismissed in the closing stages to compound a miserable day for the visitors.