Tottenham 2 Arsenal 0: Rampant Spurs revel in north London ascendancy

Jason Burt

Tottenham Hotspur have waited 22 years for this and they secured it in little more than two minutes. Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane 146 seconds apart – how appropriate that both their poster boys scored – brought a famous victory in the final north London derby to be played at White Hart Lane.

But it also meant that St Totteringham’s Day is no more. For the first in more than two decades Spurs will finish above Arsenal in the league and although their pursuit of Chelsea may prove forlorn, after their crucial win away to Everton, second-place will be theirs at least amid a real sense of a power shift in this part of the capital. They are 17 points ahead of Arsenal who were indebted to goalkeeper Petr Cech that the scoreline was not significantly, embarrassingly greater.

“North London is ours,” sang the gleeful Spurs supporters as they also inflicted even more damage on Arsenal’s slim chances of finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League. It will be the first time Arsène Wenger has failed to do that as he tasted defeat for only the eighth time in what was his 50th derby against Spurs.

The result also means that Mauricio Pochettino become the first Spurs manager to have gone six matches – two wins, four draws - without defeat against Arsenal with the goals coming in the second-half as he demanded his side upped the pace. Arsenal could not live with them and then, damningly, could not summon a response.

For the first Alli latched onto the ball inside the penalty area and turned it back to Christian Eriksen who jinked through with his shot parried by Cech before Alli reacted quickly to slam home the rebound.

Dele Alli hooks in Tottenham's first Credit: Paul Childs/REUTERS

As Arsenal reeled Spurs struck again with Kane pushing the ball past Gabriel who appeared to trip him. Arsenal – led by Nacho Monreal – desperately claimed Kane had dived but the penalty was awarded by referee Michael Oliver with the striker giving Cech ‘the eyes’ before sending the spot-kick low and right-footed just inside the post with the goalkeeper not even diving. It meant Kane became the first player to score in five consecutive north London derbies. It was over.

Before that Spurs had spurned two clear opportunities in the first-half. Both came from deflected shots. For the first Eric Dier chipped the ball through to Kane whose low shot deflected up off Laurent Koscielny towards the far post where it was met by Alli but he headed wide from close-range.

Alli heads wide from close range in the first half Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Then Spurs counter-attacked with Son Heung-min turning Oxlade-Chamberlain and cutting inside to drive the ball goalwards with it spinning up off Koscielny to Eriksen who guided a side-footed volley which clipped the top of the cross-bar when, again, he should have scored.

It was predictably frantic – Spurs went close inside 40 seconds when Cech spilled Kane’s shot and then Toby Alderweireld headed wide from a corner – but Arsenal hung on in and eventually provided a threat of their own and went close when Aaron Ramsey’s clever curling shot forced a fine save from Hugo Lloris who pushed the ball away as it appeared set to beat him at the far post.

Spurs vs Arsenal shots on goal

Lloris had also reacted quickly to get a hand to the ball as Kieran Gibbs almost pushed it beyond him while on half-time Jan Vertonghen attempted to bend his shot past Cech who pushed it away for another corner with the goalkeeper excelling early in then second-half to tip over Victor Wanyama’s first-time shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Once ahead Spurs were rampant. Cech saved well, again, from Vertonghen with another precise shot and Son demanded a penalty after he flicked the ball up and struck Alexis Sanchez’s raised hands. His protestations of innocence were ridiculous but the penalty was not given. Cech saved Arsenal again – denying Kane and then turning away Alderweireld’s powerful header. But it was only a case of limiting the scoreline. Spurs had their win. North London is theirs even if the Premier League might not be this season.

6:24PM

Full time

Spurs have won their ninth Premier League match in succession and their 13th straight home league win. They narrow the gap to Chelsea to four points. They win the last North London derby at the 'old' Lane and will finish above Arsenal for the first time since 1994-95, the season when George Graham was sacked.

6:24PM

Time on ball (at full time)

Possession: Spurs vs Arsenal 6:24PM

Average touch positions (full time)

Average touch positions (full time) 6:22PM

90+3 min

Martin Tyler asks "can Tottenham become a super club?"  There's something about the way he says it that has a flavour of Dick Emery. 

6:20PM

90+1 min

Kane heads for the corner when released by Dele Alli's pass. It's Alli's last contribution as Sisssoko comes on to replace him for the last three minutes. 

6:19PM

89 min

It's not an embarrassing or demeaning scoreline but the defeat has been comprehensive, grist to the Time To Go crusade. 

6:18PM

88 min

Tottenham fans are traducing Hey Jude to traduce Arsenal. The movement you need is on your shoulder. 

6:16PM

87 min

Kyle Walker heads on to replace Kieran Trippier. 

6:15PM

86 min

Intricate Arsenal passing move around the 18-yard line begun by Ozil's Cruyff turn in midfield ends with Ramsey's square pass to Walcott who smears his shot straight into Lloris's midriff. 

6:14PM

85 min

Jamie Redknapp is talking about a gulf in class, in organisation, belief and physicality. Alan Smith agrees, regretting how open they are without the ball. 

6:12PM

84 min

Tottenham keepball spell ends with a Davies misplaced pass, Arsenal break but Lloris sprints out to whip the ball into touch before Welbeck can reach the first-time pass. 

6:10PM

82 min

Walcott, with reference to his Emirates stretcher gesture, is asked for the score by the Tottenham fans. 

6:10PM

Spurs need no invitation to shoot so far

The hosts have fired in 20 shots with 11 of them on target

Spurs vs Arsenal shots on goal 6:09PM

81 min

Spurs sub, Son off for Dembele. Arsenal send Walcott on for Giroud.  

6:08PM

79 min

Eriksen takes the corner to the near post where it's met with venomous power by Alderweireld, Cech throws himself to his right to beat the ball away with his right hand. Fine save. 

6:07PM

77 min

Careless ball from Oxlade-Chamberlain goes to Alli who races up the left, squares to Wanyama who opens his body on the half-turn  to roll it out to the right of the box for Kane. Cech comes off his line and Kane tries to loft it over him but doesn't get his foot sufficiently under it and Cech thrusts up an arm to claw it behind. 

6:05PM

76 min

Monreal is booked for a foul on Kane, a tackle from behind that catches his ankle. Kane hits the deck and yelps. 

6:04PM

Time on ball (60 - 75 min)

Possession: Spurs vs Arsenal 6:04PM

74 min

Welbeck and Alderweireld shove each other after the latter takes issue with Welbeck challenging Lloris who catches a left-foot right-wing cross at full stretch. As he smothered it, Welbeck allowed his boot to test his resolve to hand on to it. All sorted now. Enter Bellerin.  

6:02PM

73 min

Bellerin is going to come on and replace 'the liability' AKA Gabriel. 

6:01PM

70 min

Gabriel goes into the book for a wild challenge on Alli then Sanchez is fouled by Wanyama who nicks his achilles. To finish two minutes of cards Kane receives yellow for catching Gabriel with a flying arm in a challenge. 

5:58PM

68 min

From the next corner Vertonghen whacks a rasping left-foot shot that stings the diving Lloris's hands. Another corner from which Spurs claim a penalty when Erisksen's cross hits Sanchez on the biceps as he put his arms up to protect his face. 

5:56PM

66 min

Spurs free-kick that is defended behind for a corner. It comes cross field to Vertonghen out on the left and he spins a raking cross to the far post for Alderweireld to fire point blank at Cech. 

5:55PM

64 min

Arsenal replace Xhaka with Welbeck. 

5:52PM

62 min

White Hart Lane is singing their 'We want you to stay' song to the tune of 'He's one of our own' at Wenger. Meanwhile Sanchez traps a diagonal on his chest and drives a low left-foot shot across goal that smacks into Lloris's gloves. 

5:50PM

60 min

Two quick efforts from Arsenal after a mistake from Dier lets in Giroud for a shot through the forest of legs that Lloris saves then Gibbs has another go and is rewarded a little unjustly with only a corner after a splendid break. 

5:50PM

Time on ball (45 - 60 min)

Possession: Spurs vs Arsenal 5:49PM

58 min

Gabriel was late into the tackle with Kane, clipped his shin but not very forcefully, encouraging Kane to fall headlong across the grass. He gets up and puts the penalty in an unreachable spot by the sidenetting. 

5:47PM

GOAL!

Arsenal up against it now - Harry Kane makes it 2-0 to Spurs.

Spurs 2 - 0 Arsenal (Harry Kane, 58 min) 5:47PM

Tottenham penalty

Kane tripped by Gabriel and he smashes it into the bottom left corner. 

5:46PM

55 min

A penalty box pinball goal made by luck and quick feet. Kane miscontrols it into Monreal, Alli latches on to the rebound, skitters down the right of the box, checks back and passes to Eriksen who dances towards goal and spears a low shot that Cech saves and pushes to Alli and he buries it with a hooked left-foot finish.  

5:45PM

GOAL!

Dele Alli finally gets the breakthrough for Spurs - it's 1-0.

Spurs 1 - 0 Arsenal (Dele Alli, 55 min) 5:44PM

53 min

Left-foot long diagonal over Monreal's head for Son's run catches the Spurs No7 offside. I wonder if they should take him off for Dembele and push Eriksen on. 

5:42PM

51 min

Spurs ascendant for the past five minutes and Kane seizes the momentum to spank a low shot from 25 yards down Cech's throat with Son better-placed. Arsenal bustle forward and earn a  corner through Oxlade-Chamberlain's persistence. Giroud makes a late run to meet it from deep, what Ron Atkinson used to call 'an arrive' but spoons an admittedly tricky volley miles over. 

5:40PM

50 min

Arsenal do their Rip van Winkle zonal act at the corner, no one picks up Son's late near-post run and he wastes a third relatively straightforward scoring opportunity by pulling his shot into the side netting. 

5:38PM

49 min

Trippier squares the ball from the right with Arsenal on the retreat to Wanyama who has a yard of space in front of him that enables him to let off a dipping 25-yard shot that Cech, using his discretion and skill, arches back to palm over. 

5:37PM

48 min

If Arsenal are going to persist with this formation they will need a more mobile centre-forward. Sanchez work another opening for a right-foot shot from the left that is blocked and Spurs break with eight bodies racing forward.  

5:36PM

46 min

We start as we left off. Oxlade-Chamberlain trying to push on to Davies but not productively. 

5:34PM

Here's the half-time shot count

Spurs vs Arsenal shots on goalSpurs vs Arsenal shots on goal

 

5:20PM

Half time

Tottenham have had two chances they should have taken and the misses by Alli and Eriksen have let Arsenal off the hook. But the visitors have shown some promise and with Ramsey's movement - he's enjoying his best game for months - are causing  Spurs some problems. 

5:19PM

Time on ball (first half)

Possession: Spurs vs Arsenal 5:19PM

Average touch positions (half time)

Average touch positions (half time) 5:18PM

45+2 min

Seconds after Arsenal were attacking Tottenham are flying at them and Vertonghen finds the space to leather a right-foot shot, hit crisply with his swinger, down to Cech's left which the keeper saves with a swooping low dive. 

5:17PM

45 min 

A minute later Sanchez is in a similar if not identical position on the left of the box but his bending shoot this time hits the first defender and Tottenham break at quicksilver pace.

5:16PM

44 min

From the corner Arsenal patiently work it out to the left where Sanchez has wormed some space unseen. He takes a  touch and spins a right-foot shot around the far post that had Lloris scrambling across goal. 

Credit: McManus/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

 

5:14PM

43 min

Sanchez bursts through the centre circle and bends a right-foot pass down the inside-right channel for Ramsey's adventurous run. Ramsey turns and clobbers a low shot into Alli and behind for a corner.

Credit: Sandra Mailer/REX/Shutterstock

 

5:12PM

42 min

Dembele continues to warm up, his yellow bib over a vile orange top rather superfluous.  

5:11PM

40 min

From the corner the ball comes over to the left and is hooked over the centre-backs' heads for Gibbs' clever run behind. He swivels on to it but shows the finishing skills of his original left-back designation. 

5:10PM

The shot count is similar

Spurs have attempted six shots so far, compared to four for Arsenal.

Spurs vs Arsenal shots on goal 5:10PM

38 min

Gibbs flies down the left to create a diversion that preoccupies Trippier and allows Ramsey to open his body and bend a right-foot shot that shapes to curl in at the far post. Llori dives low to tip it round the post. 

 

5:07PM

36 min

Arsenal line up in a 5-4-1 when they haven't got the ball, trying to keep it compact. Giroud needs to shake a leg and defend more robustly with his pressing runs, though, for it to work properly. Sharp turn from Ozil on the right loses Wanyama and his pass feeds Xhaka. He hits it first time but without precision and back come Spurs. 

5:05PM

35 min

Pochettino asks Vertonghen is he's OK, gets a nod, but tells Dembele to take a precautionary jog up the touchline just in case. 

5:04PM

33 min

The heat has temporarily dissipated. Vertonghen takes a turn at sitting down and calls for help. Doesn't look unduly perturbed by his left knee which he is flexing. 

5:02PM

31 min

Now Xhaka's on the floor clutching his right tibia and calf. On comes one of the Lewin family monopoly, gives the leg a rub and the player some orange liquid. 

5:01PM

Time on ball (15 - 30 min)

Possession: Spurs vs Arsenal 5:01PM

30 min

Xhaka rolls his eyes when he tugs Vertonghen's shirt and follows it with a trip. But he avoids a booking and has to endure a lecture instead. At least there's no lecher. Eh? 

4:59PM

28 min

Spurs corner a minute after a stridently disputed but tame Arsenal one. Eriksen takes to the near post where it's blocked and knocked behind for an encore that is dealt with very calmly and competently by Xhaka. 

Eriksen clips the top of the bar with his volley Credit: TGSPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

 

4:57PM

25 min

Son gulls Oxlade-Chamberlain with a left-foot chop that nutmegs the defender. He piles in from the touchline and bends in a low right-foot cross that hits Gabriel and pops up 10 yards out at the far post for Eriksen who volleys it into the crowd off the top of the bar with Cech stranded at the near post. Both he and Alli (below) should have scored.

Miss: Spurs 0 - 0 Arsenal (Dele Alli, 22 min)

 

4:56PM

Arsenal respond

A first attempt at goal for Arsenal, in reply to four from Spurs so far.

Spurs vs Arsenal shots on goal 4:54PM

22 min

Dele Alli can't knock in a Kane deflected shot/cross at the far post that was a sitter. Oxlade-Chamberlain went up horizontally, feet-first and did enough to worry Alli and put him off. Should have buried it and the chance, created by a wayward Gibbs pass,  was the product of a minute of Arsenal carelessness starring Xhaka and the left wing-back. 

Alli misses Credit: Sandra Mailer/REX/Shutterstock

 

4:51PM

20 min

The ball comes over to Trippier on the right who slices his cross behind for a goalkick. 

Tottenham Hotspur crosses

 

4:49PM

19 min

Son and Davies work a triangle that ends with Davies crossing from the byline and Oxlade-Chamberlain throwing himself up to block it at the cost of a corner that Eriksen takes. 

4:48PM

17 min

An incursion into the Arsenal box from the left via the Davies/Son/Kane axis. The last pass, from Son to Kane, was gobbled up by Koscielny just before Kane could turn and sweep a shot at goal. When Arsenal break after the interception Xhaka, reckless as ever, gets away with a heavy, clumsy challenge. 

4:46PM

Time on ball (0 - 15 min)

Possession: Spurs vs Arsenal 4:45PM

15 min

Interesting if Arsenal are going to use Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain to get behind Trippier and Davies with flighted diagonals. 

4:44PM

13 min

Tottenham push up and leave space behind for Ramsey to run into. Sanchez pulls the trigger on a ball beyond the back four but Ramsey had jumped the gun and was caught offside. 

4:42PM

12 min

Lloris races out an dives across Gibbs to flick the ball away with his right hand as the left wing-back hared after a Sanchez pass. Xhaka shouted for a penalty, Gibbs didn't and the replay showed it was a clean, sweetly-timed intervention. 

4:41PM

10 min

Tottenham stroke the ball around at the back until Alderweireld decides to stick it in the mixer and lumps a 70-yard ball through to Cech. Odd, that. Kane was making a run but not that close to Cech. 

4:39PM

8 min

Arsenal are yet to launch an attack. 

4:37PM

6 min

Tottenham have a pair of corners after Koscielny deals with a cross with the safe option and Gabriel knocks the first corner behind. The second is clipped to the near post where Alderweireld bullets a header over. The angle was tight but I think he should have done better there. 

4:35PM

5 min

Vertonghen feeds Davies who glides past Oxlade-Chamberlain and bends in an outswinging cross that Koscielny boots clear. Alan Smith thinks Ozil has to help the wing-back out but he doesn't. 

4:34PM

4 min

Electric atmosphere. White Hart Lane has been admirably loud this past few seasons. Vertonghen and Lloris in a misunderstanding concede a throw-in that Arsenal do nothing constructive with and they allow Spurs off the hook. 

4:32PM

2 min

Davies gives the ball away again. Tottenham are playing four at the back, pushing Dier on at the start. Trying to catch Arsenal cold and overload their wing-backs? 

4:31PM

1 min

We're off. Spurs kick off and within two touches Davies gives the ball away but Tottenham win it back, Alli hooks the pass over his shoulder for Kane's run down the left. Kane is on to it and spears a low shot that Cech gets down to save. 

4:25PM

Good afternoon

Sorry for late arrival - I was doing the Everton v Chelsea game which has put Chelsea seven points ahead of  Spurs who can close the gap back to four points with a victory here. Tottenham have won three of the past five at White Hart Lane but were pegged back by 10-man Arsenal there last year. I see Kieran Gibbs is in the Arsenal XI, someone who has grown up with the rivalry in its most toxic incarnation. Makes sense to me.  

3:53PM

Olivier Giroud leads the line for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger persists with the 3-4-2-1 that has helped Arsenal string together three straight wins. The Arsenal manager has decided to take 20-year-old Rob Holding out of the white heat of a north-London derby, with Nacho Monreal moving to left centre back and Kieran Gibbs coming in at left wing-back. 

Further forward, Olivier Giroud gets the nod instead of Danny Welbeck. The England international has been nursing a toe problem, but his pace did look ideal for a game in which the visitors might be forced to play on the break. 

3:48PM

Kyle Walker on the bench

Mauricio Pochettino used a back three to good effect when Spurs earned a deserved point at the Emirates in November, but it is back to 4-2-3-1 today. Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies are the full-backs, with Danny Rose still recovering from injury but Kyle Walker starting on the bench is a strange one. Is it a case of transfer-itus? The right back has been linked with Manchester City and a host of other clubs. 

3:44PM

Arsenal team and subs

3:43PM

Tottenham team and subs

3:43PM

Preview

What is it?

It's the north London derby at White Hart Lane. That's Tottenham versus Arsenal.

When is it?

It's today, Sunday 30 April.

What time is kick-off?

4.30pm.

What TV channel is it on?

This is the final match in an absolutely huge Sunday of football. This game will be on Sky Sports 1.

Alternatively, you can follow the match with us on this page. We'll have build up and team news from about 3pm.

What is the team news?

Danny Rose is back in training but this match is likely to come too soon, while Mousa Dembele will have his ankle assessed before the game.

There are unlikely to be any surprises in Mauricio Pochettino's team.

Pick your Tottenham team to face Arsenal

Arsenal rate Laurent Koscielny as having a "60:40" chance of playing due to a knee problem.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is fit and should play at right wing-back with Arsene Wenger expected to continue in the 3-4-2-1 formation that mirrors that of Tottenham and has brought three wins from three so far.

Pick your Arsenal team to face Spurs

What are they saying?

Pochettino: "My feeling is now, when you are so close - only four points the gap - I will be very disappointed if we don't win the title.

"My challenge or my aim is not to be above Arsenal. My aim is to be above 19 teams and to be first, to be on the top.

"You cannot ignore Chelsea's game before us, but we played the day after they lost to Crystal Palace and it didn't affect our preparation."

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Wenger: "This is one of the only times where Spurs look in people's minds as the favourites.

"I expect an open, committed match with high pace and there could be goals as both teams play positive football.

"I don't think that the top three is decided. We have an opportunity to be in there only if we win our games, we don't have to speculate at all.

"There is a lot that can happen until the end of the season."

What are the odds?

Tottenham win - 4/5 Draw - 3/1 Arsenal win - 3/1

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What's our prediction?

It would be all too predictable for Spurs to mess this up, their greatest chance in years to assert their supremacy over Arsenal with a win at the home they will leave at the end of the season.

But they are a different team now, and should be able to get the victory they need. The atmosphere at White Hart Lane will be electric, and the players will be up for the challenge. We're going for:

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

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