Harry Kane was the scourge of Arsenal again as his fine second-half header gave Tottenham a 1-0 victory in the north London derby at Wembley, according to Sky Sports.
Tottenham: Lloris (7), Trippier (7), Sanchez (8), Vertonghen (8), Davies (7), Dier (7), Dembele (7), Son (7), Eriksen (7), Alli (7), Kane (8).
Subs: Wanyama (5), Lamela (6).
Arsenal: Cech (6), Bellerin (7), Mustafi (7), Koscielny (5), Monreal (6), Elneny (5), Xhaka (6), Wilshere (5), Ozil (6), Mkhitaryan (5), Aubameyang (5).
Subs: Iwobi (5), Welbeck (5), Lacazette (5).
Man of the Match: Harry Kane
Alexandre Lacazette missed a fine last-gasp chance for Arsenal, but the result means the Gunners have not beaten Spurs away from home in five attempts. Spurs go up to third, four points behind second-place Man Utd.
Arsenal made two changes from the 5-1 win over Everton; Jack Wilshere and Mohamed Elneny came in for Alex Iwobi and hat-trick hero Aaron Ramsey, who was out with a groin injury. Spurs were unchanged from their 2-2 draw at Liverpool, and named Lucas Moura on the bench for the first time since his move from PSG.
Kane came close with another header moments later, glancing wide in acres of space, before his fierce volley from 18 yards was beaten away well by Cech.
Alli was put through on goal by Erik Lamela with 20 minutes remaining, but poked inches wide of goal as Cech came rushing out, and Cech then did well to block Lamela’s effort while one-on-one at an acute angle.
The onslaught continued as Cech beat away Kieran Trippier’s half-volley at the far post, and as full-time approached, Lamela dragged an effort wide from an angle after again being found free behind a lacklustre Arsenal defence.
Man of the match – Harry Kane
Who else? He’s been the top performer in this derby several times, and Kane came up trumps once again at Wembley.
His header was superb – head and shoulders above Laurent Koscielny – while Arsenal’s appeals for a foul were waved away by Anthony Taylor.
Kane could, and perhaps should, have a hat-trick to his name, but his all-round forward play in the second half allowed Spurs to open up their opponents with ease.
Mauricio Pochettino: “If we analyse the 90 minutes the team played so well. In the second half, the first 25, 30 minutes we played amazing football, created a lot of chances and we had the capacity to push them and create many more chances. It was an amazing game. Our players deserve the full credit and I would like to congratulate them. Now we must keep going.”
Arsene Wenger: “This was, of course, a game we couldn’t afford to lose. That makes it (the top four) difficult now, but as long as we have a mathematical chance we have to fight. There was more at stake than just a derby, I said that before the game and that’s why it’s so disappointing to lose a game the way we lost it.”
- Spurs have kept a clean sheet in consecutive home league games against Arsenal for the first time since September 1975.
- Mauricio Pochettino’s side have scored in their last 15 Premier League games – the longest current run in the division.
- Harry Kane has now scored seven goals in his seven Premier League north London derby appearances – only Emmanuel Adebayor has scored more in the fixture (eight).
- Petr Cech has now gone nine Premier League games without a clean sheet, his longest run in the competition.
- Arsenal had one shot on target from six attempts v Tottenham, their fewest in a Premier League match since losing 4-0 at Liverpool on August 27 (no shots on target)