The Women’s Super League crowd record was smashed for the second time this season but the 38,262 fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium saw Arsenal claim the north London bragging rights.
Scotland star Kim Little and Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema’s second-half goals won the division’s first derby between the two sides to keep Arsenal a point behind leaders Chelsea.
Both teams had created good chances to take the lead amid a crackling atmosphere, in what was the marquee game of the Football Association’s inaugural Women’s Football Weekend.
After a slow start, Spurs grew in confidence during the first half and should have led when ex-Charlton forward Graham was played through one-on-one, but she shot straight at Austria goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger.
Graham then almost scored again, hitting the post with a good effort from just outside the box, before Arsenal’s Republic of Ireland international Katie McCabe clipped the top of the crossbar at the other end.
But after the break the Gunners asserted their control, dominating possession and building up some pressure before Little broke the deadlock with a clinical finish into the bottom corner and then Miedema’s close-range finish wrapped it up.
That sent the away fans into raptures, with Arsenal having sold out their 3,000-strong allocation of tickets, generating a rare sight for the division – a packed, segregated section of celebrating away support.
The result also saw defending champions Arsenal keep pace with their title rivals, although they slipped to third on goal-difference after Man City’s 5-0 win over West Ham United, while Spurs – enjoying an otherwise impressive start to the campaign – stay sixth