LONDON — Harry Kane began this season looking 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 prime 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 vast open.
Tottenham needed to win right here they usually did, courtesy of their talisman stepping up in a fashion he has carried out 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 time 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 scenario Conte was in a position to start making ready for throughout a second half that turned a procession after two minutes as Heung Min-Son slotted dwelling a 3rd objective, selecting 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 may withdraw Son and Dejan Kulusevski for the ultimate 18 minutes, the previous significantly 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 evening 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 aspect 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 experience out these durations however this time it in the end 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 move towards objective. It was a marginal choice 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 path. He dedicated 4 fouls in his time on the pitch, essentially the most he has ever made in a Premier League sport 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 another aspect. Arteta, for his half, was incensed by each the penalty choice and Holding’s dismissal.
“If I say what I think I am suspended for six months,” he advised Sky Sports activities. “I don’t know how to lie so I prefer not to say what I think.
“I can not say what I feel. I’m not sad with my gamers. I’m happy with my gamers. I would like the referees to come back in entrance of the digital camera and clarify his selections. It is a disgrace as a result of such a gorgeous sport was destroyed at the moment.”
Kane doubled the advantage on 37 minutes, stooping to head home Rodrigo Bentancur‘s flick-on from Son’s corner. Eddie Nketiah lost Kane at the far post and, in that 15 minutes, Arsenal’s evening was essentially over.
Spurs threatened to miss Cristian Romero early on as they struggled to play out from the back under a menacing Arsenal press but the most keenly felt absentee on the night was perhaps Ben White, only deemed fit enough for the bench following a hamstring problem.
Arsenal misplaced Gabriel late on to the same damage however 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 sport of this magnitude. White was presumably being saved for Monday’s away journey to Newcastle, a sport 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 fingers however the momentum is now all with Tottenham after a derby day positive 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 Metropolis fail to materalise final summer time and once more in current days following their seize of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, however he will probably be entrance and centre for Spurs as they give the impression of being to salvage their season.