Match Report: Spurs vs Arsenal
Everybody enjoys a local derby for different reasons. One of those reasons is the bragging rights. The clash between Spurs and Arsenal at Wembley this weekend meant that the North London bragging rights belong to Tottenham. England striker Harry Kane punished Arsenal with a header early in the second half. The first half was quiet in terms of chances. The first opportunity came for Spurs in the 26th minutes when Kane found some space in the box. He looped an incoming cross over the bar of Cech. Bellerin charged down the right flank on the 40-minute mark and drilled an effort towards the top right-hand corner of Lloris’s net, but his shot kept rising and beat the post.
In front of a Premier League record attendance of 83,222, Kane clinched the only goal of the game in 49 minutes. Ben Davies whipped a dangerous ball into the penalty box and Kane rose like a salmon to tower above Laurent Koscielny and nod the ball downwards into the bottom left-hand corner. Only moments after his goal, Kane found himself unmarked in the Arsenal box with a glistening opportunity to score his brace but glanced his header wide. Eriksen had a chance to double up in the 56th minute with a free-kick that struck the woodwork from the edge of the box. Jack Wilshere had a chance to equalise with 20 minutes to go, forcing a full stretch save from Hugo Lloris with a bending shot from 19 yards.
Lamela and Alli both had chances to double the Spurs lead as the Lilywhites continued to pepper the goal of Petr Cech. Alli failed to flick the ball past Cech as the Arsenal keeper charged him down in a one-on-one, and Lamela had his effort on goal parried away. Kieran Trippier struck the ball nicely on the half-volley, powerfully drilling the ball across the Arsenal goal. However, Cech did well to beat the ball away with a strong right hand. Lacazette could have levelled the score for Arsenal, but he failed to keep his composure in the last few minutes and rocketed his volley over the bar.
Spurs vs Arsenal Attendance
Wembley Stadium: 83,222
Starting Line-ups: Spurs v Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembélé, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerín, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Wilshere, Elneny, Xhaka, Özil, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan