Tottenham 2-3 Arsenal: Gunners survive second-half scare to cement their place at top with north London derby win.

Premier League leaders Arsenal survived a second-half scare at Tottenham to hold on for a 3-2 north London derby victory that cemented their place at the top.

A 23-minute first-half blitz saw the Gunners race into a 3-0 lead through a Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg headed own goal, Bukayo Saka finish and Kai Havertz header.
But with Mikel Arteta’s side in total control, a 64th-minute howler by goalkeeper David Raya allowed Cristian Romero to pull one back after the Spaniard sent a clearance straight to the defender.

An 87th-minute Heung-Min Son penalty then set up a nervy finish for the Gunners, who withstood Spurs’ late pressure to hold on for a potentially season-defining win that keeps their hopes alive of a first Premier League title in 20 years.

The victory had moved Arsenal four points ahead of second-placed Manchester City, but later the defending champions responded with a win at Nottingham Forest to close the gap back to a point with Pep Guardiola’s side having a game in hand. Tottenham, meanwhile, suffered a second consecutive defeat to fall seven points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa in a further blow to their hopes of Champions League qualification.

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