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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Positive #2: Mentality monsters

Declan Rice, Jakub Kiwior
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After the game, Saka said that the Arsenal side of last season would not have won this game, and I struggle to disagree with the England star.

This group of players have come on leaps and bounds in just 12 short months, and look unphased by almost anything thrown their way now.

Despite a self-inflicted nervy end against Tottenham, their ability to stay calm and composed when the Lilywhites made it 3-2 was something to be admired, and puts us in good stead for very successful years ahead.

Negative #2: A lack of substitutes

Mikel Arteta, Thomas Partey
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It was absolutely not a game that called for unnecessary changes for the sake of it, but making just two substitutes felt like a little bit of a waste to offer rests in the latter stages to some players, as well as valuable minutes to others, like Jorginho.

However, with just three games left this season and no real congestion, it is understandable that Arteta did not see the need for such changes and, had he done so and we had thrown away the lead, I would probably be lambasting his decision, so I cannot be to critical here.

It just felt like, especially at 3-0 or 3-1 up, a nice opportunity for someone like Jorginho, Gabriel Jesus or even Emile Smith Rowe to have the chance to leave their mark on the game.

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