Arsenal secured another weekend at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Tottenham in the North London derby.
For an even first half,
's stunning free-kick from outside the box was cancelled out by a Harry Kane goal.
However, Arsenal pulled away in the second period, scoring either side of a red card shown to Spurs defender
by referee Anthony Taylor.
Mistakes are punished in derby games, and on Saturday,
let the occasion get to them.
blunder gifted Gabriel Jesus a goal in the 49th minute, and Arsenal never looked back.
It was a physical match, with both teams guilty of unfair play and generally getting away with it u
ntil Emerson Royal was sent off for a challenge on Gabriel Martinelli.
It was a rash tactical foul, with
going in quite high, the kind of prototypical "orange card" offence that sometimes results in a red card but usually results in a yellow card.
Taylor's rope, on the other hand, had worn out
. It is always the player's responsibility to avoid giving a referee a decision to make in these situations.
Arsenal demonstrated to Spurs why it is critical not to make stupid mistakes. Arsenal would only need four minutes to make Tottenham pay.
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