Son Heung-min and Harry Kane powered Tottenham back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 north London derby win over Arsenal, whose miserable start to the season continued.
Son and Kane set up each other’s first-half strikes, meaning they have now combined for 12 goals this season, their lethal partnership extending Spurs’ unbeaten record in the league to 10 games, going back to the opening day of the season.
In front of 2,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the South Korean opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a wonder strike, curling in from 25 yards, before Kane became the highest scorer in the history of north London derbies when he netted his 11th goal against the Gunners on the stroke of half-time.
Having done the hard work in the first half, they then put in a trademark Jose Mourinho rearguard performance after the break to ensure they have now gone 301 minutes since conceding a league goal.
And, whatever Mourinho may say, those sort of numbers make Spurs every bit the title contenders this season.
In contrast, Arsenal’s worst start to a campaign since 1981/82 got no better as they slipped to a fourth defeat in six games.
Mikel Arteta, who is finding himself under increasing pressure, will be looking on with envy at what Mourinho is building in the white half of north London as his side slipped 11 points behind their rivals.