Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to 19 games in all competitions with a rousing 4-2 win over Tottenham in the north London derby.
It gave Gunners boss Unai Emery victory in his first clash against Spurs, who are managed by his friend Mauricio Pochettino.
Here, Press Association Sport focuses on the two managers and how they got on at the Emirates Stadium.
Both managers made a big decision in their team line-ups, with Mesut Ozil not featuring in the Arsenal squad and Toby Alderweireld named on the bench for the visitors. Although Ozil was said to have a calf strain, his omission intensifies the focus on his relationship with Emery after the Gunners boss suggested he does not fit into their 3-4-2-1 system. Given the volume of Spurs’ fixtures, Pochettino had said he was going to rest players, but his decision to leave out Alderweireld was an eyebrow-raiser. The Belgian defender had started every Premier League game since August 18 and, with a home game with against Southampton coming up in midweek, it was a brave call to make
Poch the peacemaker
Gaining the advantage
Much of Arsenal’s north London domination of the last two decades has been credited to the 3-1 win in Arsene Wenger’s first derby back in 1996 and Emery will have been wanting to make impose himself in a similar manner. This was the perfect way to do it as the Gunners were far too good for Tottenham and he will be hoping it sets the tone as it did for Wenger. In contrast, Pochettino is yet to win as Spurs boss at the Emirates, although he will have another chance when they return here for a Carabao Cup game in a fortnight.