Aubameyang Leads Arsenal over Spurs in North London Derby
This was an afternoon of intensity and emotion, not all of it good.
Excitement, though, reigned over everything, and for good reason.
Tottenham came back from a goal down to take a 1-2 lead, but dudes ended up falling short in the second half.
The Gunners wasted no time getting the show on the road, as in the 10th minute when Jan Vertonghen cleared a corner with his arm, and the referee correctly awarded a penalty for the hosts.
Aubameyang stepped up and sent French 'keeper Hugo Lloris to the wrong side, making the Emirates pulse:
Aubameyang even had another opportunity to score, but the Gabonese striker missed it.
After finding no opportunities through the early stages, Tottenham started to mount serious threats on Bernd Leno, and they seemed to get closer with every attack.
It wasn't the wisest decision to celebrate in front of Arsenal fans, unless Dier planned on sifting through the flak that was tossed on the pitch.
That also sparked a bitta bovver between the Gunner subs and Tottenham players, and then a moment of ugliness appeared when a banana skin was flipped in Aubameyang's direction.
You'd think we'd be past that by now.
Hope the dude who got arrested for doing it enjoys his lifetime ban.
In the 56th minute, Ramsey assisted Aubameyang, who curled home past Lloris from the edge of the box:
Then, in the 74th, Ramsey was again the architect.
The Irish international fed Lacazette, who drilled home from the edge of the box. The ball deflected off Dier before finding twine:
Arsenal's afterburners were well and truly lit.
Only three minutes later, the Emirates was erupting again. Aubameyang's ball found Torreira inside the box, on the right. The Uruguayan struck a low effort into the far corner, sealing the victory.
Vertonghen got sent off for a second yellow five minutes from time, but it was of no consequence.
It was evidence, though, that the rematch will be just as fiery.