On Saturday afternoon, Harry Kane scored the only goal of the game in the north London derby, in a defeat that could prove very costly to Arsenal’s Champions League hopes.
The first real threat on home goal came on nine minutes, as Shkodran Mustafi inadvertently prodded the ball towards his own goal ahead of Harry Kane, only for Petr Cech to save and put the ball out for a corner kick. Tottenham’s Eric Dier headed well wide of goal on 14 minutes from a corner kick.
On 18 minutes, Cech got down low to comfortable save a long-range effort from Son. Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen saw a header from a Kieran Trippier cross comfortably save on 25 minutes. A minute later Harry Kane headed over the bar from inside the Arsenal area after a pinpoint cross from Christian Eriksen.
Tottenham continued to attack, Mousa Dembele’s miss-hit effort from the edge of the area came to Eric Dier, who couldn’t make proper contact with the ball, and it ran through to Cech. The game became slightly scrappy. The next effort on goal was on 40 minutes, as Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin hit a powerful effort from the edge of the area over Hugo Lloris’ bar.
Tottenham took the lead on 49 minutes. Ben Davies produced a superb cross into the area and Harry Kane got up the highest to head home past Petr Cech. Just afterwards, the England striker headed wide of goal from a Kieran Trippier cross, which was a massive let-off for the visitors. On 53 minutes, Kane produced a powerful volley from the edge of the area that was right down the throat of Petr Cech.
Eriksen came close to doubling Spurs lead on 57 minutes, but the Dane’s free-kick from the edge of the area was superbly saved by Cech. Jan Vertonghen then missed the target from the resulting corner kick.
Arsenal offered a rare threat on 67 minutes. Jack Wilshere curled an effort towards goal from the edge of the area and Lloris got across to his left to save well. Tottenham hit back on the counter-attack on 69 minutes, as Son fired wildly over the bar from just outside the area.
The home side went close again on 71 minutes. Dele Alli was released one-on-one with Cech, only for the attacking midfielder to poke wide of the outrushing Cech and wide of his far post. Spurs had another chance on 72 minutes on the counter, as Cech produced a good save from a poked Erik Lamela effort.
Cech produced another fine save with 15 minutes left on the clock, this time keeping out a Kieran Trippier volley. After a scrappy period of play, Lamela fired wide of Cech’s far post following a quick break from the home side.
On 90 minutes, Arsenal substitute Alexandre Lacazette fired well over the Spurs goal with a side-footed volley from inside the Tottenham penalty area. In stoppage-time, Lacazette found himself through on goal, only for the striker to agonisingly slide the ball beyond Lloris’ far post.
The chance was the last of the game and Arsenal suffered what could be a devastating defeat for their hopes of a top-four finish.
Did Arsenal deserve anything from the north London derby?