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Arsenal boss Arteta - 'I'm happy about the performance and the victory.'

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta labelled Sunday a “special day” after his Gunners dispatched Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby on Sunday.

Arsenal beat Antonio Conte’s Spurs 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, thanks to an own-goal from Hugo Lloris and a superb strike from Martin Odegaard as they extended the gap at the Premier League summit to eight points.

"Very emotional. It is a very special day for everybody who feels the way that we feel about this football club,” Arsenal boss Arteta told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“We talked about the opportunity and that we have to play with a level of enjoyment because we have the power to make people happy. I'm sure we made them proud and very happy tonight.

"To play in this stadium against this team with the courage, the determination, the quality that we showed, it was very impressive from the boys. But we showed the other face when we had to dig in, we needed some big moments from Aaron [Ramsdale].

There were some great defensive moments as well to do that and it's a shame because we didn't capitalise as well on another two or three big chances that we had. But overall, happy about the performance and the victory.

On Ramsdale making the difference: "He was the difference when we needed him. In the opponent's box, we didn't finalise the actions as well as we should have. They have the quality, when you look at Tottenham's front three - that is always in the back of your mind."

On being eight points clear: "It means that the way we are playing has taken us this far and we should never forget that. We have to continue playing this way or better because the team still has a lot of things that can be improved collectively and individually and if we focus on that, I'm sure we'll be fine."

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard told BBC Sport: "It feels brilliant. It was about time we won here. It was a great game, especially in the first half. We dominated and controlled everything.

"The second half was a bit more open. They pushed for a goal but we defended well, so a good game.

"Last year and the year before we played some good football here but weren't sharp enough in key moments. But we showed a different side today and showed how much we have improved.

"I'm really happy for the team and the fans. I know how much it will mean to them. But we have to stay humble and we know we can improve."

On his goal: "It is a good one. I had a similar shot before so was very glad to see it go in."

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