LONDON — Harry Kane began this season searching for a transfer away from Tottenham, however he’ll finish it spearheading a late surge for Champions League qualification.
The North London derby is his fixture: Kane was already the all-time high objective scorer in these video games earlier than netting a brace on Thursday, which prolonged his private file to 13 and eased Spurs to an emphatic 3-0 win over ten-man Arsenal to blow the top-four race large open.
Tottenham needed to win right here and so they did, courtesy of their talisman stepping up in a fashion he has performed so many instances earlier than, securing their largest league win over Arsenal since 1983.
The added significance this time is that securing a Champions League place will improve Spurs’ probabilities of retaining Kane past the summer season whereas additionally serving to to supply a money injection required to fund Antonio Conte’s desired overhaul of this squad to the extent they will quickly compete for the Premier league title.
Tottenham can transfer above Arsenal in the event that they beat Burnley on Sunday lunchtime, a state of affairs Conte was in a position to start getting ready for throughout a second half that grew to become a procession after two minutes as Heung Min-Son slotted dwelling a 3rd objective, choosing up a free ball as Gabriel tried to halt Kane’s advance into the field.
It will likely be a supply of embarrassment to the Gunners that Spurs had been so comfy that Conte might withdraw Son and Dejan Kulusevski for the ultimate 18 minutes, the previous notably sad as he stands only one behind Liverpool‘s Mohamed Salah (22) within the Golden Boot race.
However this was not an evening to consider particular person prizes. Each Arsenal and Spurs want the status and monetary energy that comes from Champions League soccer, and the stakes in play solely augmented what was a long-awaited night time on this stadium.
Tottenham’s new £1 billion area opened in April 2019 however scheduling quirks and COVID-19 meant Thursday was the primary derby to be performed at this gorgeous venue in entrance of a capability crowd. And the way they loved it.
There have been at all times query marks about how this younger Arsenal facet would deal with such an event. Even of their 4 most up-to-date wins — towards Chelsea, Manchester United, West Ham and Leeds — the Gunners have had a 15-20 minute spell the place they misplaced their composure. On these events, that they had sufficient to journey out these intervals however this time it finally price them the sport.
The deafening noise will undoubtedly have made it simpler for referee Paul Tierney to award a Twenty second-minute spot-kick after Cedric nudged Son within the again as he tried to go towards objective. It was a marginal determination that went in Spurs’ favour, Kane dispatching the penalty with customary precision.
Rob Holding seemingly focused Son from kick-off. He was booked after 26 minutes for pulling again the South Korean and dismissed seven minutes later for a stray elbow pushed in Son’s course. He dedicated 4 fouls in his time on the pitch, probably the most he has ever made in a Premier League recreation and all of them had been on Son.
Arsenal have now had 13 purple playing cards since Arteta took cost in December 2019, 5 greater than some other facet. Arteta, for his half, was incensed by each the penalty determination and Holding’s dismissal.
“If I say what I feel I’m suspended for six months,” he informed Sky Sports activities. “I do not know methods to lie so I choose to not say what I feel.
“I can’t say what I feel. I’m not sad with my gamers. I’m pleased with my gamers. I would like the referees to return in entrance of the digital camera and clarify his choices. It is a disgrace as a result of such a good looking recreation was destroyed in the present day.”
Kane doubled the benefit on 37 minutes, stooping to go dwelling Rodrigo Bentancur‘s flick-on from Son’s nook. Eddie Nketiah misplaced Kane on the far submit and, in that quarter-hour, Arsenal’s night was basically over.
Spurs threatened to overlook Cristian Romero early on as they struggled to play out from the again beneath a menacing Arsenal press however probably the most keenly felt absentee on the night time was maybe Ben White, solely deemed match sufficient for the bench following a hamstring downside.
Arsenal misplaced Gabriel late on to an analogous damage nevertheless it was telling White was nonetheless not launched. As a substitute they ended the sport with a back-four comprising Cedric, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Granit Xhaka and Nuno Tavares — fairly a quartet for a recreation of this magnitude. White was presumably being saved for Monday’s away journey to Newcastle, a recreation that takes on much more significance with their lead now a solitary level with two video games every to play.
Considerably, Champions League qualification stays in Arsenal’s arms however the momentum is now all with Tottenham after a derby day certain to enthuse the hosts and demoralize the guests.
The challenges forward require cool heads and powerful characters. Kane could have seen his transfer to Manchester City fail to materalise final summer season and once more in latest days following their seize of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, however he shall be entrance and centre for Spurs as they appear to salvage their season.