Arsenal legend Ian Wright has praised Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba for their performance in the victory over Tottenham. Ben White also received praise, with Wright saying he had the best game in the derby.
There is only one club in north London. It is evident with Arsenal sitting at the top of the Premier League. During the lunchtime game on Saturday, Arsenal confirmed their status as the kings of north London with a convincing victory over local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham came into the game with an unbeaten record and sat two points behind Arsenal following two draws this season. The loss to Arsenal means only Manchester City remain unbeaten in the Premier League this term. Their unbeaten record will be tested on Sunday afternoon when the Citizens take on local rivals Manchester United.
Following the victory over Tottenham, Arsenal have now gone four points clear of nearest rivals Man City. Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright is excited at the win and has singled out two players for their immense contributions in the north London derby.
Ian Wright praises the duo in the derby win
The performance of Tottenham before the north London derby created a lot of expectations. Spurs had not lost any Premier League game this term and were to give Arsenal a run for their money. However, the Gunners had a different script and showed Spurs who was boss in north London.
Ian Wright was delighted by the performance of a couple of Arsenal players after they aided the Gunners in defeating Tottenham in the north London derby on Saturday. The 3-1 win means that Arsenal maintains its position at the top of the Premier League table. It is now seven wins in eight matches for Arsenal with the only dot, the loss to Manchester United.
Wright praised Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba for their performance in the encounter. Wright said they played like they had the fictional infinity stones from the Avengers movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They were at the peak of their powers as they ran Tottenham ragged.
Wright says White was best
During Match of the day, Wright described Arsenal’s performance as phenomenal. He also praised Granit Xhaka, who he said was playing like he had a new lease of life. Following the general all-round performance of the Gunners on Saturday afternoon, Ben White is the one Wright believes made the most impact.
Wright was impressed with the performance of White and said he was integral to the best things Arsenal did against Spurs. According to Wright, Arsenal have improved tremendously this season. They have more shots, higher turnovers, and possession won in the final third, and the player that epitomized these qualities in the derby win was Ben White.
Wright said White was magnificent. He also added that Tottenham gave him a lot of space which the Englishman used very well. Wright was pleased for the Arsenal defender, who he claims, had a fantastic performance and had the most touches by any player in the derby.
Wright also commented on the red card to Emerson Royal in the 62nd minute. The Arsenal legend thinks the red card summed up the Brazilian’s game. He believes Emerson Royal had no reason to make that tackle.