Tottenham 2-3 Arsenal - 3 talking points as Gunners survive late Spurs push

Arsenal raced out to a 3-0 lead at halftime but had to weather a second-half Tottenham storm as Mikel Arteta's side emerged victorious to maintain their title charge.
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Arsenal maintained its title rage against Tottenham, securing a 3-2 win to keep the pressure on Manchester City.

Well, it was never going to be easy. Was it?

Arsenal playing away at Tottenham often hasn't brought back the fondest of memories, but this time it did.

After a sparkling first half that saw the Gunners be ruthlessly efficient in front of goal to race out to a 3-0 lead thanks to an own goal from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and strikes from Bukayo Saka and Kai Havertz, Arsenal was in complete control.

But just 20 minutes into the second half, David Raya inexplicably gave Spurs a lifeline with a horror clearance that Cristian Romero slotted home. Things tightened up even further when Son Heung-Min converted his penalty in the 87th minute to make things interesting.

But Arsenal survived the onslaught to bank a crucial three points.

The game provided plenty of talking points; here they are.

Don't forget about the Rolls Royce

The last two games have reminded everyone just how good Thomas Partey is when fully fit. His efforts against Chelsea were sublime, and in the tough environment of the North London derby, Partey was again excellent.

Partey was the calming presence the Gunners needed in hostile territory, while he also added some much-needed defensive steel as well.

The Rolls Royce of Arsenal's midfield is beginning to take control.

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