Dele Alli took advantage of some useless Arsenal defending on 55 minutes and Harry Kane crashed home a penalty three minutes later
TOTTENHAM crushed Arsenal in their final north London derby at White Hart Lane with two second-half goals inside three minutes that look to have ended the Gunners’ top-four dreams.
Dele Alli fired the home side ahead on 55 minutes after the Arsenal defence did a terrible job clearing an initial attack and gifted him the chance to open the scoring.
And, moments after the restart, Gabriel lunged out a lazy leg and tripped Harry Kane to hand Spurs a penalty.
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Kane bounced up off the floor and rifled the ball past Petr Cech, low to the keeper’s right, the former Chelsea man stood hopelessly in the middle of his goal expecting a shot down the centre.
FACTS, STATS, GOALS AND LOLS
- ALEXIS SANCHEZ had recovered from the horrendous mouth injury suffered while being hit on the shoulder by the ball in midweek to lead the Arsenal attack. What a warrior.
- KIERAN TRIPPIER once again got the nod over Kyle Walker in Spurs’ starting line-up. It seems that all is not well with the England right-back.
- ARSENAL might be down in their lowest League position under Wenger yet they can still accumulate more points than they managed last season when they finished as runners-up to Leicester.
- THE White Hart Lane stewards separating the two sets of supporters had raided the fancy dress box for the luminous orange hard hats which they first sported during the FA Cup tie against Millwall.
- THE Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fan club would have you believe that their man is going to be the greatest wing-back in the history of football. He isn’t.
- IF Arsenal are going to persist with a 3-4-3 formation, there is no way Mesut Ozil should be playing wide on the right. Even by his own half-hearted standards, the German contributed bugger all. He couldn’t even be bothered to take some corners and free-kicks.
- HARRY KANE AND Dele Alli had struggled to break free of Arsenal’s defensive shackles until they both scored within two minutes of each other to send White Hart Lane into a frenzy.
- THIS was Tottenham’s 13th successive Premier League victory at White Hart Lane and the first time they have secured 50 home points in a season.
- THE Spurs fans inevitably serenaded their visitors with chants of ‘Arsene Wenger, we want you to stay’. This is the first time the Arsenal manager has ever finished below the North London neighbours.
- ARSENAL’S defeat would have been even more painful but for a couple of brilliant saves by Peter Cech from Victor Wanyama and Jan Vertonghen. Spurs should also have had a penalty for handball by Sanchez.
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