Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1: Three talking points as Harry Kane stars
Three talking points as Harry Kane leads Tottenham's comeback against bitter rivals Arsenal
Kane double does the business
With the match level at 1-1 and the game firmly in the balance, Harry Kane popped up with five minutes to go and grabbed the second of a well-taken brace that overturned Mesut Ozil’s opener and saw Tottenham overtake the bitter rivals. It was the striker’s 22nd goal of the season in all competitions, and Kane is enjoying a great time of it and is displaying the confidence of a player much older and more experienced than he is. After bursting onto the scene in a big way in the Europa League group stage, Kane is proving indispensible and is keeping world-class strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado out of the side. No fewer than 14 Premier League goals and Kane is perhaps benefiting from the confidence of not carrying the weight of expectation. There is no doubting his brilliance, and if he is not in and around the England team for the upcoming internationals, it would be an absolute travesty.
Clinical Kane cancels out Ozil’s opener
Despite dominating possession in the early exchanges of the match, Tottenham found themselves behind in the 11th minute thanks to a skilful volleyed finish from German international Ozil. It could have been argued that the former Real Madrid star was marginally offside, but it was as tight a margin as one is likely to see. The hosts continued to press for an equaliser, while Arsene Wenger’s side were more than content to allow their north London rivals to maintain control of the ball in the middle of the park. Step up man of the moment Kane to slot home coolly from point-blank range and give the White Hart Lane faithful something to cheer about approaching the hour mark.
Lloris shows his class while Ospina shows his nerves
In the fixture that has finished a draw more times than any other match-up in the Premier League era, there always plenty of spotlight on the rival goalkeepers in the north London Derby. Tottenham’s captain Hugo Lloris has gone from strength-to-strength since joining Spurs and there is talk of the Frenchman being the best keeper in the world right now. On Saturday’s showing it would be hard to argue. He was kept busy throughout as Arsenal chose to test the Tottenham number one at every opportunity. David Ospina, at the other end, has enjoyed an extended period in the team after wrestling the starting shirt from Wojciech Szczesny in recent matches. While Wenger is keen to promote a healthy rivalry between his two stoppers, Ospina didn’t look too assured in goal, perhaps the prospect of being one mistake away from being dropped. What doesn’t help the Colombian is his tendency to direct the ball back into the path of players when making a save, as opposed to deflecting the balls into safe space.