Arshavin: First goal the turning point

Arsenal forward Andriy Arshavin believes the Gunners have regained their ability to kill off games following Saturday's comfortable win against arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Having squandered leads against both AZ Alkmaar and West Ham United in recent weeks, the Emirates Stadium faithful were still on edge at half-time of the North London derby, despite goals from Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas giving the hosts a 2-0 advantage.

However, Van Persie's second on the hour mark settled the nerves, with Arsene Wenger's side going on to seal a convincing 3-0 success against a team level on points with them before kick-off.

And Russian international Arshavin revealed his delight at the team's collective performance.

"We had a good game from start to finish. I think the first goal was the turning point," he said.

"In the second half, when we made it 3-0, we could see the game out.

"What I liked in this game is that at half-time we were sure we could end as winners.

"We were not nervous. There was a sense that the opponents couldn't equalise and that we wouldn't lose our lead."