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Arsenal looking up but under-fire Nuno must be brave to halt Spurs rot


Narrow 1-0 wins over the League’s two bottom clubs, Burnley and Norwich, were hardly convincing evidence that Arsenal had turned a corner following three straight defeats at the start of the season but this victory suggested the Gunners can look ahead with genuine optimism.

In a rocking Emirates Stadium, they blew Spurs away in the opening 35 minutes with a slick display of attacking. All three goals – from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka – were well-taken low finishes inside the penalty area, as Arsenal’s pressing, movement and quick passing proved too much for their rivals.

The second goal was particularly impressive, with Aubameyang finishing from a cutback by Smith Rowe after Arsenal tore through Spurs with a devastating move that started with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. It was a move in Arteta’s image, which will have particularly pleased the Spaniard.

Arsenal’s lack of style and creativity have both been questioned under Arteta but this was a big win based on a clear approach, and full of attacking menace.

It was another landmark win to add to Arteta’s collection and leaves him looking up, with his opposite number the one in the spotlight.

Spurs embarrassing and Nuno under pressure

All the supposed promise of their first-half display against Chelsea last weekend, which Nuno spent the week talking up, evaporated in 35 minutes of the most wretched football in memory.

Even by their own recent standard at the Emirates, where Spurs have not won in the League since 2010, Nuno’s side were incredibly passive and they were statuesque as Arsenal ran in three largely similar first-half goals.

Martin Odegaard was allowed to run the game. Not only were Spurs gutless, their gameplan was non-existent.

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