3 positives and negatives Arsenal's nail-biting North London derby win

• A step towards greatness

• Individual errors costly

• Bukayo Saka silences critics

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Despite a late scare, Arsenal dismantled Tottenham in the North London Derby, with a 3-2 win keeping their Premier League title hopes alive.

The Gunners raced into a 3-0 half-time lead, scoring from two set-pieces, but Spurs, thanks to a couple of errors, rallied in the second half and set-up a nail-biting conclusion.

Cristian Romero made the made of David Raya's mistake before Son Heung-min scored from the penalty spot to reduce the hosts' deficit to just one. However, Arsenal saw out the final few minutes resolutely to secure a huge three points.

After such a rollercoaster of a game, here are the three positives and negatives from the North London derby.

Positive #1: One step closer to greatness

Martin Odegaard
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal FC - Premier League / Catherine Ivill - AMA/GettyImages

Winning a North London Derby is always an incredible feeling, but this win means so much more than mere bragging rights which, given Tottenham's current state, are subdued anyway.

But this win signals a step closer to immortality for this Arsenal side, as they keep their dream of winning the Premier League title very much alive.

The Gunners still require help from elsewhere as, owing to their game in hand, Manchester City are still in control, but Arsenal are doing all they can in the hope of a slip-up from Pep Guardiola's side.

This was seen by most as Arsenal's toughest remaining fixture, which makes their overall dominance very encouraging - ahead of a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in their penultimate league game.

Negative #1: Unnecessarily overcomplicated

Thomas Partey, David Raya
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal FC - Premier League / Catherine Ivill - AMA/GettyImages

A dominant performance was marred by the over-complication of the game from an Arsenal point of view, which was a source of real frustration for many fans.

Ultimately we secured the win, which some will say makes this point redundant, but it was very disappointing to see us voluntarily give up so much control in the game.

It was not just that Tottenham got right back into the game, but instead the fact that it was entirely self-inflicted which stings a little.

Such mistakes can be so costly over the course of a season and, while it did not cost us this time, is not something that we want to make a habit like Arsenal sides of recent years had done.

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