Spurs crush top-four dreams for limp Gunners with second-half blitz in north London derby battle

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THREE MINUTE WARNING

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.

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Harry Kane and Dele Alli sank Arsenal with a goal each in the north London derby

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.

Kane got off the floor after Gabriel’s foul in the box and smashed the penalty home

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Kane got off the floor after Gabriel’s foul in the box and smashed the penalty home

Alli grabbed the opener after some weak Arsenal defending

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Alli grabbed the opener after some weak Arsenal defending

The Arsenal defence fell about in three miserable minutes

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The Arsenal defence fell about in three miserable minutes

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.

Tottenaham fans want trophy-shy Arsene Wenger to stay as Arsenal manager

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Tottenaham fans want trophy-shy Arsene Wenger to stay as Arsenal manager
  • 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.

 

There was a heavy police presence around the Tottenham stadium

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There was a heavy police presence around the Tottenham stadium
  • 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.

Arsenal fan stitched up after mate forces him to get Spurs badge tattooed on his chest

Spurs and Arsenal fans always make the derby an emotional affair in north London

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Spurs and Arsenal fans always make the derby an emotional affair in north London

Arsenal fans lit red flares to stain the sky with their club colours

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Arsenal fans lit red flares to stain the sky with their club colours

WHAT SOCIAL SAID

Remaining fixtures

TOTTENHAM

May 5 – West Ham (A) – PL

May 14 – Man United (H) – PL

May 18 – Leicester (A) – PL

May 21 – Hull (A) – PL

 

 

 

 

ARSENAL

May 7 – Man United (H) – PL

May 10 – Southampton (A) – PL

May 13 – Stoke (A) – PL

May 16 – Sunderland (H) – PL



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