Harry Kane goal condemns Arsenal to north London derby defeat
Harry Kane scored the only goal as Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal in their Premier League north London derby clash at Wembley this afternoon.
It was the 195th meeting between the clubs in all competitions, but it’s not a match that Arsenal will want to remember for too long
The win moves Tottenham Hotspur up to 3rd place in the Premier League table, with 52 points from 27 matches.
Arsenal remain in 6th place in the Premier League table, with 45 points from 27 matches.
They are now six points adrift of fourth place, having played a game more.
The Gunners are now winless in 16 Premier League away games against the current top five clubs since a 2-0 victory at Manchester City in January 2015 (D6, L9).
Arsenal have struggled away from home in the league all season, with three wins, four draws and now seven defeats.
They have now suffered three straight away defeats in the Premier League for the first time since a run of four losses ended last April.
Mauricio Pochettino made ten changes from Spurs FA Cup win in midweek. Only Son retained his place in the team, but they were unchanged form the side that started the 2-2 at Liverpool in the Premier League last Sunday.
Arsene Wenger made two changes from the side that started against Everton in the Premier League last Saturday.
Jack Wishere replaced Aaron Ramsey, who missed out with a groin injury. Mohamed Elneny replaced Alex Iwobi.
The match started brightly with both sides probing for an opening.
Neither side though were able to create a clear goal scoring opportunity and neither goalkeeper was tested.
Christian Eriksen’s cross found Harry Kane in the box, but the England striker wasn’t able to get his header on target.
The hosts enjoyed 58% possession in the first half but only managed one effort on target.
That was one more effort on target than Arsenal managed.
They weren’t able to trouble Hugo Lloris as the sides went into the break goalless.
It was the home side who opened the scoring in the 49th minute.
Harry Kane rose above Laurent Koscielny to head in a cross from Ben Davies past Petr Cech.
It took Kane’s tally to seven goals in seven Premier League north London derby matches.
The wait for Cech’s to achieve his 200th Premier League clean sheet goes on.
Kane went close to doubling the lead six minutes later but he this time headed wide from six yards out.
Petr Cech then had to make a save from a Kane volley and then from a Christian Eriksen free-kick.
At the other end, Arsenal got their first shot on target after 67 minutes.
Jack Wilshere’s curling effort from 20 yards was saved by Hugo Lloris.
But it was the home side who continued to carry the greater threat.
Dele Alli shot just past the post and Cech denied Erik Lamela.
Arsenal did threaten as the match went into injury time.
Substitute Alexandre Lacazette sent a right footed shot too high and then had another chance.
But from a tight angle he sent a shot wide of Hugo Lloris, but unfortunately also wide of the post.
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny (Iwobi), Xhaka (Welbeck), Ozil, Wilshere, Mkhitaryan (Lacazette), Aubameyang