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Thomas Partey opened the scoring for Arsenal vs Spurs with an outrageous first-time effort

Daniel Marland

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Thomas Partey opened the scoring for Arsenal vs Spurs with an outrageous first-time effort

Thomas Partey opened the scoring for Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur in this afternoon's north London derby with a sensational strike.

The Gunners came into the game top of the Premier League, with Spurs third and unbeaten in their seven games so far.

Arsenal started the stronger side and controlled possession, although goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was called into action to save Harry Kane's close-range effort.

Mikel Arteta's side's dominance paid off 20 minutes in when Bukayo Saka and Ben White linked up down the right-hand side.

White played the ball to Partey, who stepped up to fire a first-time effort past Hugo Lloris and into the top corner.

22 passes were made in the build-up and commentary referred to it as a 'typical Arsenal goal'.

Spurs did equalise just past the half hour mark after Gabriel brought down Richarlison in the penalty area.

Referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot and Kane stepped up to fire past Ramsdale with conviction.

The England captain is now the top scorer in north London derby history and he's scored 100 Premier League goals away from home too.

Antonio Conte's men grew into the game from that point and frailties in the Arsenal backline started to show.

Spurs were set up to counter and used the pace of Richarlison and Son Heung-min to run at the home side's defence.

Gabriel Jesus came close to restoring Arsenal's lead after jinking through Spurs' defence with quick feet.

The Brazil international wasn't able to get a proper shot off, however, hitting it straight at Lloris.

Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League last season and invested heavily in their squad during the summer transfer window.

It was strong business and even Conte sounded impressed in his pre-match press conference.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

He conceded: "For sure, Arsenal have had a fantastic start. They lost only one game against Manchester United. They are showing to be a really good team.

"I think in the summer they made good signings for them and improved a team that, don’t forget, they were four points up on us with three games left last season.

"It means that we are talking about a really good team, and last season we did a really good job to overcome them in the last three games."

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport

Topics: Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League

Daniel Marland
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