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Mikel Arteta breaks North London Derby record which eluded Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has written his name into the club’s history books as the first manager in 36 years to secure back-to-back away victories in the north London derby. 

The Gunners’ victory not only kept their title aspirations alive but also showcased Arteta’s growing influence at the helm.

Heading into enemy territory, Arsenal knew that anything less than a win would dim their hopes of challenging Manchester City for the Premier League crown. With stakes high, Arteta’s men rose to the occasion, delivering a captivating performance against their arch-rivals.

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The match saw an own goal from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg breaking the deadlock, followed by strikes from Bukayo Saka and Kai Havertz, giving Arsenal a commanding lead. However, a late Tottenham resurgence, fueled by two Arsenal defensive lapses, added drama to the encounter.

Arteta’s achievement extends beyond breaking a 36-year-old record; it signifies Arsenal’s resurgence under his guidance. Even legendary manager Arsene Wenger couldn’t accomplish such a feat, with George Graham being the last to achieve consecutive away wins in the derby.

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Speaking in his post-match press conference, Arteta expressed confidence in his squad’s ability to avoid a repeat of last season’s late-season collapse.

“We have proved we can handle this stage of the season better than last year,” Arteta stated, highlighting the team’s improved mentality and focus.

“When you win it’s always the case. Last season we didn’t, because we went to West Ham and we missed a penalty, and against Liverpool we conceded in the 91st minute and then you’re not capable. At the end the judgement is going to be based on that outcome. If they got the goal in the last minute to make it 3-3 then we wouldn’t have been ready.

“The margins are so small. I was praying at the end . There were so many Spurs players in the box. It was a really emotional game.”

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