Arteta refuses to be drawn on whether Arsenal are now contenders for the title after beating Spurs

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes the 3-1 victory over Tottenham should give his players belief they can challenge at the top this season.

The Gunners were full value for their derby win, gaining revenge for Tottenham’s win across north London in May, which effectively condemned their opponents to the Europa League.

They opened the scoring through Partey’s fine 25-yard strike and, after Kane scored his 14th goal in 18 north London derbies from the spot, Mikel Arteta’s side stepped up after the break.

Jesus bundled home after a poor Hugo Lloris error and moments after Emerson’s red card Xhaka killed the game.

‘For me the message is to the players and everybody here at the club that we are able to play at this level against this kind of opponent,’ the Spaniard said. ‘That should give them confidence and belief.

‘It’s great. Looking at the table and seeing the club in this position is great. It gives you a great feeling obviously. But we are focused.

‘It’s a really hungry and humble team, believe me. It’s nothing that we have done yet and there’s still a lot of things to improve. That’s the direction we’re taking.

‘We just started and we’re really happy with where we are. The table says what it says and we don’t look at that.

‘Great performance, a great day. It was an incredible atmospheres to play in so I’m so grateful to the people who connect to the team in such a special way.

‘I’m really happy because it’s an opportunity to get a lot of people happy and proud and I think we delivered that to all of them.’

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