Match Review – Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal

Tottenham completed a dominant performance over North London rivals Arsenal with a spectacular 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane. A Harry Kane double helped Spurs climb into fourth in the table.

The game began on a rather nervous note for the home side. After a period of settling, Arsenal had some of the more dangerous moments, with Giroud and Welbeck working hard to put their side ahead. Harry Kane was unlucky not to put Spurs in front, as Ospina was forced to put his curling effort wide after some tremendous build-up play from Mousa Dembélé.

But despite early Spurs dominance, it was the away side that took the lead. Mesut Özil put the Gunners 1-0 up with a clever finish from a difficult angle. There was debate over the validity of the goal, as the German midfielder could have been narrowly called offside from the Welbeck cross.

Tottenham got their heads down and continued the gritty determination that they’ve shown throughout the season. Danny Rose saw plenty of the action down the left channel, as the lack of a ‘real’ left winger forced the full-back to take-on the role himself. A testament to the left-back was his ability to create chances with limited options, as well as getting back and making some crucial tackles at the other end.

It was not until the second half that Mauricio Pochettino’s side really got into their stride. Spurs were level through none other than homegrown hero, Harry Kane. The momentum was all with the home side before the goal, and despite a decent save from Ospina, the ball fell to the striker at the back post, forcing a neat finish into the net. The emphatic celebrations of the youngster show just what it means to score in the Derby.

Tottenham continued their dominance for much of the second half. Arsenal never really had another dangerous moment, as Arsene Wenger noted after the game on BT Sport. Spurs continued to push the away side, with the tight defence enough to evade Pochettino’s side for much of the second spell.

However, in typical late Tottenham style, the inevitable winner finally came. Once again, local lad Harry Kane stepped up to produce the goods, and give Spurs a precious second goal against their rivals. His rising header glided into the far net, leaving the Arsenal keeper standstill on his line. Kane celebrated with raw passion, and showed just how much he loves playing for Tottenham Hotspur.

The full-time whistle saw the young forward complete a lap-of-honour at White Hart Lane, as Spurs enjoyed an unbeaten season against their arch-rivals. Full-time score, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Arsenal 1.

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