Tottenham ran away with the bragging rights in the North London Derby as they came from a goal behind to defeat Arsenal.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men, who fell behind in the game to an early Mesut Özil goal, after dominating possession in the first half, thoroughly dominated the Gunners as they stormed their way past their rivals thanks to a virtuoso Harry Kane double.
Tottenham made two changes to their side that won 0-3 against West Brom, with Eric Dier replacing Federico Fazio at the heart of the defence, and Nabil Bentaleb replacing Paulinho in the midfield.
The visitors, meanwhile, surprisingly relegated Theo Walcott to the bench, who scored in last weekend’s 5-0 humbling of Aston Villa. Danny Welbeck, returning from an injury setback, started in place his compatriot.
The Gunners drew the first blood through Özil in the 11th minute. The former Manchester United forward, fled away past a hapless onlooker in Danny Rose, and squared the ball in the box to Olivier Giroud. The French striker, who intended to score himself, didn’t manage a proper contact, but enough for the ball to end at Özil’s feet, who calmly slotted past Hugo Lloris.
Arsene Wenger, much like the game against Manchester City, set a more defensive framework, putting every possible bodies behind, making it difficult for Spurs to find openings, despite dominating possession.
The goal, was Arsenal’s only shot on target in the first half, while Spurs only managed to trouble David Ospina in goal through Ryan Mason and Kane, which the Colombian easily kept out.
Spurs came into the game with some purpose in the second half, constantly asking the Gunners’ defence with their forward forays. And they were rewarded for their efforts just 4 minutes before the hour mark. Kane restored parity from a Erik Lamela corner that appeared to have come off Giroud, which was palmed away for the Spurs top scorer to pounce at the back post.
Tottenham continued their intense pressure, barely allowing Wenger’s men breathing space. Mousa Dembélé and Nabil Bentaleb also extracted a saves from Ospina, with the formers shot almost allowing Kane to pull a carbon copy of his first.
Kane couldn’t be denied further, though. After a Danny Rose cross was cleared, it fell to Algerian Bentaleb, who curled in a brilliant cross to find Kane. The England U-21 striker, who had already netted his 21st goal in the game, placed an exemplary header across goal to send an already bouncing White Hart Lane into jubilation.
Sunil A Markal
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