Kane header clinches North London derby for Spurs over Arsenal

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   TWO OF A KANE-D Binman Paul Foden 28 has been compared to Spurs striker Harry Kane

GETTY PAUL FODEN TWO OF A KANE-D Binman Paul Foden 28 has been compared to Spurs striker Harry Kane

"They are having a charge now after slipping out of the top four briefly and have taken seven points from games against Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal, which is a pretty good return".

In the first north London derby at Wembley for 25 years, Tottenham extended their recent mastery over Arsenal, who have won only once in the last eight league meetings with their hated neighbours.

Toby Alderweireld is available after the Belgian defender returned to the team from a hamstring injury he picked up in November and played 90 minutes against Newport.

"It is a big game because we are behind in the table and we have to catch up".

Alexandre Lacazette could have made them pay late on but he squandered two excellent opportunities of his own as Spurs held on for a deserved victory.

Arsenal legend Liam Brady has lauded Harry Kane's work ethic in the north London derby, while criticising the yards put in by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil.

Tottenham heads to Italy to play Juventus in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Arsenal resumes its Europa League campaign in Sweden at Ostersund on Thursday.

The home side looked very unsafe going forward with their star quartet of Kane, Dele Alli, Son Heung Min and Christian Eriksen outshining their Arsenal counterparts during a cagey first half. "The Champions League is a competition that excites us and the fans".

Tottenham dominated majority of the first half, giving Arsenal no chance to knock the ball around.

On the other hand, the hosts will depend on the harmony between their attacking line players, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and Harry Kane who tops the Premier League goal scorer list with 22 goals.

For Arsenal, this was their sixth away game without a win and third straight defeat on the road.

"I am very pleased with our players. I thought it (might be a foul) during the goal, but I watched it again and it was a regular goal and we can only look at ourselves on the goal".

"The way they went about the game tells you everything about where they are at the minute, they are a team brimming full of confidence".

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