From Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – The first north London derby played in front of a full crowd at Spurs’ new home promised to be a monumental occasion.

Even looking past the storied history of Tottenham and Arsenal, it was a match that would have huge ramifications on who qualifies for next season’s Champions League, whether those in lilywhite or those in red would be able to put their foot on the accelerator of their respective rebuilds.

A win for the Gunners would have clinched their spot in the top four at the expense of their most bitter of foes, but instead crumbled and there will be question marks about their resiliency to come back from such a humiliation.

Home fans flooded Tottenham High Road with flares and smoke bombs prior to kick-off and carried that atmosphere into a stadium specifically designed to boost the acoustics of noise created by football fans. When the teams emerged to Star Wars’ Duel of the Fates, there was ringing in the ears and wincing in the eyes.

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