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A changed Arsenal appear in north Derby they wanted badly

In the lead up to the north London derby, Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld said the game no longer held the same importance for him and his teammates. That certainly doesn’t seem to be the case for Arsenal, though, who showed passion and grit — two qualities rarely associated with the club in recent years — in a strong 4-2 victory over their local rivals at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The game was fascinating even for those without a rooting interest and consisted of three very distinct acts. In the first, the Gunners, with much to prove under new manager Unai Emery, came out rampant, earning themselves a justly-deserved lead via an emphatic 10th-minute penalty by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Then in the middle section, T ...