Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on the scoresheet as Arsenal thumped Tottenham 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium to claim the north London bragging rights and leapfrog their rivals in the table.
Mikel Arteta’s side have turned around their form, after making their worst ever start to a Premier League season, and Sunday’s victory was the fourth consecutive win in all competitions.
Arsenal look like a completely different side to the team that were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City in August, and Aubameyang has revealed that a chat following the defeat helped inspire a turn in form.
Arsenal’s start to the Premier League season was their worst ever during their 118-year top flight history, and the humiliating 5-0 thumping by City ensured that the Gunners were rooted to thew bottom of the league table heading into the first international break.
However, since then they have won all three of their Premier League games, and the victory over Tottenham highlighted just how much Arteta’s side have evolved over the space of a month.
Following the final whistle on Sunday, Aubameyang spoke about his sides turn around in form, telling Sky Sports: “I think we are doing a good run of games now, I think after the game against City it was time to have a chat between us players and this is what we did.
“We want to go forward and win games, this was important for us to make things clear and I think we are doing well right now and the feeling is good.”
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Arsenal were delighted at the final whistle, and the atmosphere was electric as Tottenham were stunned by their bitter rivals, and Aubameyang went on to describe how much the win meant to his side and the fans.
The Gabonese striker said: “It means everything, it means the world, we gave everything for them today, they pushed us, I can’t describe it, it’s an amazing feeling when you are a player and have fans like this, it’s really unbelievable.”
Smith-Rowe assisted Aubameyang’s goal, and the 21-year-old opened the scoring himself as he starred during a man of the match performance, and said it was “probably the best day of my life”.
“Probably the best day of my life, I’ve always dreamt about this day to score for Arsenal against Tottenham with my family here it’s just the best feeling.”
Smith-Rowe was full of praise for how Arteta has helped Arsenal’s young players, as he revealed: “I think he just tells us to keep calm we’re young players in a massive game and he just encourages us so much and gives us confidence.
“Not just the manager but the players in the team as well they give us young players so much confidence, it’s a bit more easier when you get on the pitch.”
The pressure on Arteta has certainly lifted due to their change in form, and the Gunners will want to move on from the initial blip and try to qualify for Europe next season, after missing out for the first time in 26 years.