The Double-winning year of 1971 and the subsequent title victory at Tottenham under Arsene Wenger are still remembered and celebrated by Arsenal fans through song.
And older Arsenal fans started singing again after a superb, mature performance in a 2-0 victory at Spurs gave them a commanding eight-point lead atop the Premier League standings.
Although Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are still a long way from being crowned champions and this victory was not at the old White Hart Lane, if they do not have confidence in their ability to repeat as champions after this recent triumph, they will never do so.
An altercation between Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and Spurs replacement Richarlison, who was later booted by a home supporter, briefly distracted from the victory’s climax.
When the situation calmed down, Arteta drew his players, including Ramsdale, from the chaos and had them travel the length of the field to join the jubilant Arsenal supporters on the opposite corner of the stadium.
in charge of the championship race. The north London derby double was successfully completed. There is an air of assurance and self-belief throughout Arsenal. They fully deserve to be in such a commanding position as they have been the greatest team in the Premier League through these first 18 games.
It must have been an unique performance if Arsenal has put together anything more impressive this season than the opening 45 minutes here, during which they comprehensively outperformed Spurs and won a derby away from Emirates Stadium for the first time since March 2014.
Arsenal went to Tottenham knowing that a victory would not only put an end to that dry spell but also give them a significant lead over Manchester City. There would have been strain in addition to excitement.
However, if Arsenal’s players felt any pressure, they handled it admirably in the first half, when Martin Odegaard’s low shot and Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ own goal gave them a 2-0 lead that was less than their superiority justified.
This season, Arsenal has been clearing these tests with regularity. Next Sunday, they will do so at home against Manchester United’s revival squad. They defeated the last adversary by gracefully passing this test. Spurs appeared to be running in treacle, but Arsenal had fresh legs.
The Premier League season is still more than halfway through, and a lot can still happen. However, with the defending champions Manchester City not quite themselves, Liverpool experiencing a nightmare, Chelsea going through a chaotic transition, and Manchester United rebuilding, Arsenal have a great chance to win the league for the first time since “The Invincibles” season of 2003–04.
Sometimes luck is on your side and a chance comes along. With each passing week, this appears to be Arsenal’s huge opportunity more and more.
There is still work to be done, including some on the transfer market this month.
Mykhailo Mudryk, a forward for Shakhtar Donetsk who unexpectedly switched allegiance to Chelsea across London, was missed by Arsenal, and attacking reinforcements are needed with Gabriel Jesus out for an extended period of time, even if Eddie Nketiah has stepped up to exceptional effect.
Because of Thomas Partey’s growing impact in the middle of the field, Arteta will be frantic to prevent any recurrence of his previous injury issues.
But in this instance, Arsenal appeared like a cohesive unit, from the ferocity, pace, passing, and threat of the first half to the steel of the second, when their resolve was put to the test by a characteristic Spurs improvement.
Ramsdale excelled in the face of increased pressure, and every Arsenal defender stood up to be counted. Meanwhile, the usual arguments casting doubt on the team’s fighting spirit and stamina were quite worn out.
It was a far cry from the same game in May, when Arsenal lost 3-0, which was crucial in Spurs edging them out of the Champions League on the last day of the regular season.
Gabriel Martinelli demonstrated how much he enjoys being a part of this Arsenal team in a moment of pure daring by controlling a pass with his back in the second half, while Odegaard was the ultimate midfield orchestrator and captain.
Bukayo Saka wore down Spurs in the first half, and it was his cross that led to Lloris’s crucial error for the opening goal. Meanwhile, Antonio Conte’s team was just unable to handle Arsenal’s pressure and ability to quickly reclaim possession.
The magnitude of this victory was reflected in Arsenal’s celebrations after the final whistle, which took into account the overall title picture as well as the fact that this was a north London rivalry.
The title race is now squarely in Arteta and his team’s hands after a great weekend.