Last Updated: Sat, 17 Nov 2012 17:12
Theo Walcott believes Arsenal are heading in the right direction after their 5-2 derby victory over 10-man Spurs at Emirates Stadium.
The result was a repeat of February's clash between the two old rivals but this match was closer than the scoreline suggests and hinged on a moment of madness.
Ex-Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor put Spurs in front but was dismissed for a reckless challenge on Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal took control from there on. Per Mertesacker headed level before Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud left Spurs reeling.
Cazorla slotted in and Walcott sealed the points late on after Gareth Bale had given the visitors hope.
The win moved Arsenal up to sixth in the table and got their top-four bid back on track.
Walcott was delighted with the performance and felt Arsenal sent out a message to their Premier League rivals.
"We showed people how good we are. It'll give us tremendous spirit - we've got a lot of players back to fitness and everybody's very confident," he said.
"If we show that courage and ambition every game we will climb up the table."
Walcott netted his third league goal in only his third start this season. He will be desperate to retain his place for Wednesday's Champions League clash with Montpellier.
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