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Gabriel Jesus pounced on an error by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to score Arsenal’s second goal. Photo: Reuters

Gabriel Jesus pounced on an error by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to score Arsenal’s second goal. Photo: Reuters

Gabriel Jesus pounced on an error by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to score Arsenal’s second goal. Photo: Reuters

There is always a danger, recent Arsenal history will show, that this flourishing of the Mikel Arteta era may just lead nowhere against stronger forces, with greater resources, at a club that had forgotten what it was like to contend for a league title in a meaningful way.

Yet, for the time being, the results say it with emphasis: the Premier League leaders have seven wins and just one defeat, and once more demonstrated themselves capable of overcoming setbacks. Not just any setback but a Harry Kane equaliser to quell the roar of the lunchtime North London derby and shake the fragile confidence of the Arteta manifesto. Arsenal came back in style and, by the end, there was no question who this day belonged to.


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