Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are slowly beginning to turn their fortunes around, after their latest Premier League win in the north London derby against Tottenham
Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has said scoring in his side’s 3-1 win against Tottenham in the north London derby is ‘probably the best day of my life’.
Smith Rowe’s scored the opening goal as Arsenal breezed past Spurs and claimed bragging rights over their arch enemies.
Piere-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike and a goal from 20-year-old Bukayo Saka saw the Gunners go into half-time three goals ahead and in cruise control.
Heung-min Son pulled a goal back for Spurs in the final stages and Lucas Moura’s effort rattled the crossbar in stoppage time, but it was too little too late for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
The win means Arsenal leapfrog Spurs in the Premier League table, while the visitors slumped to their third straight defeat and have conceded three times in every one of those games.
And Smith Rowe described his goalscoring moment as a lifelong dream, with the Gunners recording successive wins over Spurs for the first time since 2013/14.
“Probably the best day of my life, I’ve always dreamt about this day to score for Arsenal against Tottenham with my family here it’s just the best feeling,” the Arsenal midfielder said.
The 21-year-old’s effort was struck with precision, leaving Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with no chance, and the midfielder admitted he has been working on his finishing ability in training.
“Yeah definitely [about timing] I’ve been practising in training and stuff on my finishing, I feel like it went well today and I’m really happy with the goal,” he said.
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Smith Rowe also provided an insight into what boss Mikel Arteta tells his players before they step out onto the pitch for such a crucial fixture.
“I think he just tells us to keep calm we’re young players in massive game and he just encourages us so much and gives us confidence,” said Smith Rowe. “Not just the manager but the players in the team as well they give us young players so much confidence, it’s a bit more easier when you get on the pitch.”
Meanwhile, the Arsenal boss dedicated the win to the fans who have continued to stick by the club during some difficult periods in recent times.
“This win is for the fans,” said Arteta. “They’ve been incredible in tough moments, when we needed their support.
“We started really strong, really determined. it was probably one of the best games I’ve seen us play for that period, and in the second half we did what we had to do. [What was important was] the determination, the conviction, the connection with our people, they came here to do what we spoke about before the game.
“It’s not about winning as much as the way we did it, against a top team with top players, and on a special day when we played our rivals. Today is one example of what we are trying to do, now we have to be consistent, do it every game and do it better.
Arsenal will be looking to keep their fine run of form going when they travel to Brighton in the Premier League next weekend.
Arteta’s side will then play host to Patrick Viera’s Crystal Palace at the Emirates following the international break on October 18.