The north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal this weekend at Wembley was no doubt the biggest game of the Premier League weekend. The game was vital for both sides in the race for a top-four finish.
However, a single Harry Kane goal early in the second half was enough to seal victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. The first half failed to get going. However, Tottenham started far more brightly in the second period.
In fact, it took the home side just five minutes into the second period to take the lead. Spurs full-back Ben Davies fired in a superb cross into the Arsenal box and England striker Kane got up above two Arsenal defenders to head home his 101st Premier league goal.
Pochettino’s side could have made it two very soon after the opener, as Kane headed narrowly wide of goal from a pinpoint Kieran Trippier cross. Arsenal had goalkeeper Petr Cech to thank for keeping the score down to just one goal.
The former Chelsea star made saves from Trippier and Erik Lamela among others. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere came closest to levelling the scores on 67 minutes, curling an effort towards goal that Hugo Lloris kept out well.
Cech was in action again to keep out a free-kick from Christian Eriksen from the edge of the area. Arsenal substitute Alexandre Lacazette fired well over on the volley, while at the other end Lamela fired just wide of Cech’s post on the break.
Arsenal should have equalised in the third minute of stoppage-time. A mistake by Davinson Sanchez allowed Lacazette to steal the ball and move forward one-on-one with Lloris. The French striker advanced before sliding the ball under Lloris and wide of the far post.
The chance was the best the Gunners had and were made to rue it, as Tottenham moved up to third-place in the table. Arsenal are now six points behind fourth-place Liverpool, who face Southampton on Sunday.
Did Tottenham deserve to win the north London derby?