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Although one team had a decidedly better outcome than the other, both have some reasons to celebrate after the North London derby.
Tottenham's reasons will be more obvious: the tentative side we saw the first couple of weeks of the season is long gone and has been replaced with a strong, confident team with a formidable attack and imposing midfield.
August additions Emmanuel Adebayor and a versatile Scott Parker gave great performances, and Sandro injected life into the midfield after Rafael van der Vaart went off. And then there was Kyle Walker's goal, the one for the highlight reels, with Fabio Capello in the crowd.
Spurs have come back into contention for a top-four finish and have emerged from the past several matches as the team to beat to round out the list of Champions League contenders. If they keep playing like this, they'll have no problem.
Arsenal had their fair share of problems, especially a string of disappointments in the midfield. Mikel Arteta was lacking, Theo Walcott had trouble finishing, and not even an equalizing goal could save Aaron Ramsey from an otherwise dismal performance.
But that's not to say there weren't some improvements and even moments of brilliance for the Gunners
Walker's goal aside, Wojciech Szczesny had a strong showing overall, fending off some serious attempts from Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker. Kieran Gibbs is improving in defense, Song did well at centre-back and set up Arsenal's only goal, and Francis Coquelin impressed with his second start for the club.
So not all bad at White Hart Lane today. Arsenal is improving and can still turn this season around if they build on said improvements.
What Coquelin and Gibbs especially remind us of is that Arsene Wenger still has an eye for promising young talent. Add them to fellow Gunners headline-maker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere once he recovers, and Arsenal will have an exciting future squad ahead of it.