Lots of the backpages lead with Andre Villas-Boas's quotes about how Arsenal are now in a 'negative spiral' but here is how many of the country's top football writers saw the game.
The Guardian: Andre Villas-Boas finds his soul at Spurs and creates a new mood music
Sean Ingle: Remember how Villas-Boas was hammered for playing a high defensive line to the point of obstinacy, even when it was obvious that John Terry's legs whirred at 33rpm in a 78rpm world? And the whispers that he lacked emotional intelligence, for failing to understand that egos need massaging not treating with coarse sandpaper. We are watching a different man now. Chelsea should consider how much of that is down to Villas-Boas – and how much can be explained by a new environment. Look at the way Gareth Bale hugged him and his team-mates after his winning goal at West Ham. And then remember how he was mocked at Chelsea for suggesting his players celebrate together
The Times: Tottenham in the ascendancy as local power shifts
Matt Dickinson: Over the past four or five years, (Tottenham) have talked endlessly about overtaking Arsenal and always faltered. Not now. Spurs might just have inflicted around £25 million worth of damage on Arsenal yesterday - the cost of a Robin van Persie - in the hunt for those precious Champions League places. That was the scale of this victory and, as Spurs fans gaze at the table this morning, they will sense that they can also give Chelsea a bloody nose before the campaign is through.
Daily Telegraph: It's official - Spurs are now real contenders
Paul Hayward: Sight-seeing visits to the Premier League’s top four are no good to Spurs. They crave permanent membership. Almost sweeter than a regular place among the Champions League qualifying quartet is the knowledge that Arsenal will be the club kicked to the kerb along the way. So Tottenham Hotspur had two reasons to rejoice with this 2-1 win. One was the bare fact of victory over the artists down the road. The other was the growing sense that Spurs are increasingly well-placed to compete with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea in the league’s highest echelon.
The Independent: It's not all about Bale as Wenger's side are eclipsed by growing Tottenham team ethic
James Lawton: Still, no one at White Hart Lane can have been remotely inclined to turn Bale's picture to the wall. Not with Spurs moving into third place in the table and what seems an increasingly tight lock on another Champions League adventure next season. Not with the supremacy of North London almost certainly secured for the first time in 18 years. And certainly not with this latest evidence that quite apart from the astonishing impact of Bale, they are looking stronger, more resolute and more composed than at any time since Harry Redknapp pushed back their horizons with that thrilling sortie into Europe three years ago.
The Sun: 7 'n hell
Shaun Custis: There is more than one takeover bid going on in north London. While a Middle-East group is preparing a £1.5billion offer for Arsenal, Spurs are on course to finish above their bitter rivals for the first time since the mid-1990s before Arsene Wenger became manager. A hard-fought victory at White Hart Lane lifted Tottenham into third in the Premier League and they now have seven points of daylight ahead of the fifth-placed Gunners. Boss Andre Villas-Boas spoke about how hurt the players were last season, when Spurs finished fourth but were robbed of their place in the Champions League because Chelsea triumphed in the final. On the evidence of this display, it appears they do not intend to miss out again.
Daily Mail: Warp speed Spurs leave Gunners in their wake
Martin Samuel: The celebrations were euphoric, the seven-point divide in north London emphatic.
The margins, though, were tiny. Tottenham Hotspur held on defiantly at the end, they defended better, they broke quicker. These were the areas in which the game was won. Those hoping for a sign that the balance of power had changed with permanence, however, must wait. Tottenham are better than Arsenal this season, and the league table confirms that. It would not take much, though, for the positions to once again reverse. The loss of Gareth Bale, the acquisition of a competent defensive core, they are not a million miles apart, these teams.
Daily Mirror: Gareth Bale sparks derby delirium as Spurs go third
Martin Lipton: (Tottenham have) the biggest thing of all on their side: belief. Belief in the manager, with Andre Villas-Boas in a completely different place to the wretched hole that saw him being axed by Chelsea on the corresponding weekend 12 months ago. Belief in the golden touch of Gareth Bale, now with nine in his last seven games, a glorious spell that is propelling Spurs back towards the Champions League. And, most importantly of all, belief in each other. In the composure, conviction, desire of each and every one of them.
Daily Star: Gun four
David Woods: Arsene Wenger was first down the tunnel yesterday - and now finds himself in one with no light at the end of it. This defeat looks like ensuring that what was already a disappointing season becomes a dismal one. Goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, in the space of two disastrous defensive minutes in the first half, leave Wenger’s men fifth, seven points adrift of their bitter north Londonrivals Tottenham. Fourth-placed Chelsea are five ahead of Arsenal and qualifying for the Champions League looks a long shot now.