Harry Kane guides Tottenham to crucial North London Derby win over Arsenal

Tottenham have revived their hopes of defeating Arsenal in the Champions League final standings by beating fierce North London rivals 3-0, their biggest derby win since the 1980s.

Harry Kane scored twice, including one from the penalty spot, and Son Heung-min added the other just after halftime in Thursday’s crucial clash as the race for European places comes to an end.

The victory moved Tottenham just one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who saw centre-back Rob Holding sent off in the 33rd minute as they trailed 1-0.

There are two games left for each team and fifth-placed Spurs have what looks like an easier end to the season than Arsenal.

While Spurs face two of the last four, Burnley and already relegated Norwich, Arsenal are due to travel to Newcastle ahead of a home game against Everton.

Arsenal were responsible for their own downfall, with full-back Cedric Soares charging Son at the far post for the penalty that Kane rolled into the corner in the 22nd minute.

Holding, already booked for driving Son back, opted to elbow out to block the South Korean striker rather than continue his run after Eric Dier’s ball over the Arsenal defence.

Kane’s penalty takes his tally for the season to 15 goals, six behind teammate Son Heung-min.(Fake Images: Tottenham Hotspur F.C.)

Holding connected with the face of Son, who collapsed to the ground, and was shown a second yellow card in the 33rd.

Things got worse for Arsenal four minutes later when Son deflected a corner from the right, Rodrigo Bentancur headed the ball into goal and Kane ducked to head the far post from just a meter away.

Son moved a goal behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the race to become the league’s top scorer by scoring the third goal from inside the box in the 47th minute.

Son has 10 goals in his last eight league games and has 21 for the campaign, his best mark so far for Spurs.

A miserable evening for Arsenal was capped off by defender Gabriel limping with an apparent right hamstring injury.


With Holding suspended and Ben White only fit enough to make the bench after a recent injury, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s central defensive resources are being stretched at the wrong time.

Manchester City and Liverpool are already confident of being in next season’s Champions League, while third-placed Chelsea will join them, four points clear of Arsenal and needing a win in their games. remaining against Leicester and relegated Watford.

It means that Arsenal and Tottenham appear to be battling it out for the final spot in a race that should end on the final day of the season.

Arguably, Tottenham could have won by more to add to their already huge goal difference over Arsenal, but they remain in fifth place with the Gunners still in the driving seat in the battle for fourth place.

The gap between them is now just one point and both sides have two games left.

Arsenal face Newcastle United away from home and Everton at home, while Tottenham host Burnley and finish against relegated Norwich City on the penultimate matchday of the season.

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