Arsenal news: Media figure names three young players 'at the root' of win over Spurs

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Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe were "the root of Arsenal's victory" in the North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur, according to journalist Paul Brown.

What happened in the North London derby?

Arsenal secured a 3-1 win over arch-rivals Spurs at the Emirates Stadium, with Heung-Min Son's goal proving to be no more than a consolation for the visitors after three first half goals from Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Saka had put the hosts in full control of the clash.

The three points allowed the Gunners to leapfrog Spurs into the top half of the Premier League table.

It also continues a fine turnaround at Arsenal, having lost their opening three fixtures of the campaign.

The defeat to Chelsea last month consigned the Gunners to the worst start to a season in their 118-year history.

Spurs, under new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo following his appointment in June, are heading in the opposite direction.

Having won the first three Premier League fixtures of the campaign, they have now lost the latest trio of games.

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What has Paul Brown said about the derby?

Brown has name-checked Odegaard, Saka and Smith Rowe after putting on impressive performances at the Emirates Stadium.

The journalist believes the Gunners trio played a key role in the home side winning the midfield battle.

He believes Spurs' own midfield, consisting of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele, could not find a way of dealing with them.

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Brown told GMS: "I think the three of them - Odegaard, Saka and Smith Rowe - worked so well together that Spurs just couldn't cope.

"The root of Arsenal's victory was those three and all of them are not yet 23."

Had Odegaard, Saka and Smith Rowe already shown they perform well together?

Of Arsenal's three Premier League wins so far this season, Odegaard and Saka have started each of them, while Smith Rowe was named in Mikel Arteta's starting line-up against Burnley and Spurs having been a substitute against Norwich City.

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Although Odegaard was unable to get his name on the scoresheet against Spurs, he made the decisive intervention against Burnley a week earlier as he scored the winner with an inch-perfect free-kick.

It was the Norway international's first goal since returning to Arsenal on a permanent deal worth £30million plus bonuses totalling another £4million.

Arteta was keen to seal the 22-year-old's return following an impressive loan spell from Real Madrid which included 20 appearances.

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