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Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal

By Phil DawkesBBC Sport
Tottenham striker Harry Kane
Harry Kane scored again for Tottenham, in front of watching England manager Roy Hodgson
  • Kane scores his 21st and 22nd goals of the season
  • Spurs fifth in the table, a point above Arsenal
  • Ozil has scored in each of his last three games
  • Arsenal top-scorer Sanchez missing through injury

Harry Kane continued his superb recent form with two goals as Tottenham came from behind to beat Arsenal in an entertaining north London derby.

Kane pounced to finish at the back post following Mousa Dembele's flick from a corner early in the second half.

He then rose to head home in the 86th minute to take Spurs a point above the Gunners in the Premier League table.

Mesut Ozil had given Arsenal the lead with a close-range finish but they sat back after and paid the price.

'Cheap goals' disappoint Wenger

Spurs, who ended Saturday fifth in the table, have now taken 22 points from a possible 27.

They also have a very real chance of ending a run of 18 seasons in which they have finished below Arsenal in the Premier League table.

And they have a superstar in the shape of Kane, who now has 22 goals for the season, four in his last two games, and must surely have done enough in front of watching Roy Hodgson to warrant a call-up to his England squad.

Twice in the second half he breached an Arsenal backline that had previously looked as stubborn and solid as it had during last month's impressive 2-0 win at champions Manchester City.

'Brilliant performance' pleases Pochettino

His first goal was an opportunist strike, arriving at the back post to finish after Dembele's flick-on from a corner.

His second was a headed finish of the highest quality as he rose above the Gunners defence and guided his effort past the flailing David Ospina.

He could have been on the scoresheet sooner but his long-range shot was well saved by Ospina during a first half in which Spurs were the more positive side, but ended it behind when Olivier Giroud's fluffed finish from Danny Welbeck's cross fell to Ozil to finish from inside the box.

At the break, Arsenal were eyeing another efficient counter-attacking victory in the mould of their Etihad triumph - a win that would have been their 13th in 16 games.

Wenger's side had chances in the second half - most notably a long-range Welbeck shot that was well saved by Hugo Lloris - but in general they were not at their best as they became the latest side to suffer at the hands of Spurs and their in-form striker.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger (left) and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino (right)
Mauricio Pochettino (right) is the 11th Tottenham boss to face Arsene Wenger (left) in a north London derby
Mesut Ozil scores for Arsenal
Mesut Ozil's goal had given Arsene Wenger's side the lead in his 700th game as Arsenal boss
Harry Kane scores his first goal against Arsenal
Kane has now scored 22 goals in 34 games in all competitions this season
Harry Kane scores his second goal
Kane's second goal means Spurs have now won seven successive home games



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 15Dier
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 3Rose
  • 38MasonBooked at 79minsSubstituted forPaulinhoat 90+5'minutes
  • 42BentalebBooked at 90mins
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forStambouliat 90'minutes
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forChadliat 75'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 18KaneBooked at 36mins


  • 8Paulinho
  • 9Soldado
  • 13Vorm
  • 21Fazio
  • 22Chadli
  • 25Stambouli
  • 33Davies


Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Ospina
  • 39Bellerin
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6KoscielnyBooked at 53mins
  • 18MonrealBooked at 43mins
  • 16RamseyBooked at 90mins
  • 34CoquelinSubstituted forAkpomat 89'minutes
  • 19CazorlaSubstituted forRosickyat 68'minutes
  • 23WelbeckBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWalcottat 78'minutes
  • 12GiroudBooked at 84mins
  • 11Özil


  • 1Szczesny
  • 3Gibbs
  • 5Gabriel
  • 7Rosicky
  • 14Walcott
  • 20Flamini
  • 38Akpom
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Arsenal 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Arsenal 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Paulinho replaces Ryan Mason.

  4. Booking

    Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Eric Dier.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Booking

    Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

  11. Post update

    Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Arsenal. Nacho Monreal tries a through ball, but Laurent Koscielny is caught offside.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Benjamin Stambouli replaces Erik Lamela.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Chuba Akpom replaces Francis Coquelin.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Arsenal 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Nabil Bentaleb with a cross.

  17. Booking

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

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2Man City24147347242349
4Man Utd23127439221743
8West Ham2310673527836
13Crystal Palace2468102634-826
15West Brom2357112032-1222
16Aston Villa2457121232-2022
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