The barren run of Arsenal has continued in the Premier League as they were undone by two first-half strikes from Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane at the Tottenham Stadium in the North London derby on Sunday.
Arsenal‘s main goal threat, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang again failed to produce a shot on target from Arsenal’s three in the game. He also couldn’t create a chance or complete a take-on against Spurs. The Gabonese had the fewest touches (21) among all 22 players that started the game.
Tottenham were ruthless when they got their chances, and the win returned them to the top of the table with 24 points.
Kane who has been Arsenal’s nemesis in the North London derby is now the highest goalscorer in the derby history.
After getting the job done, all Spurs did was to contain Arsenal by hitting them on a counter in a second half totally dominated by the visitors.
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This was a good welcome back gift for Spurs fans who returned to their vast stadium for the first time in 277 days. It didn’t take them long before celebrating as Spurs open scoring after only 13 minutes.
Son, who has formed a formidable partnership with Kane got a pass from the skipper and advanced on the retreating Arsenal defence before curling a magnificent right-foot finish beyond diving Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno from 25 yards.
Spurs had one game plan – allow Arsenal play and hit them on the counter. So, Arsenal dominated possession in the first half while the hosts were ruthless, with their clinical edge being the difference.
They caught the Gunners on the break in stoppage time to double their lead. This time around, Son repaid the compliment by playing in Kane for an unstoppable finish off the underside of the crossbar for his 11th north London derby goal and the 250th of his career for clubs and country.
Although Arsenal continued to dominate possession, Mikel Arteta’s men, who lost Thomas Partey to injury right on half-time, showed a little more threat after the break. This gave Spurs the chance to close out the win with relative ease to return to the Premier League summit.
Can Tottenham be the winner?
Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola had said the form of Spurs has left the battle for the title open. Spurs currently lead the table with two points above second-place Chelsea.
This is a season that Jose Mourinho’s men have been gritty and consistent. Their clinical approach and relentless efficiency make them carry all the hallmarks of a side who will have a big say in the Premier League title race.
So, it won’t be surprising to see Spurs win their first Premier League title in 60 years with such consistent performance. But it would be hugely premature to suggest that because only 11 games have so far been played.
But Mourinho, who is an ardent winner is a manager who knows how it is done. He has been successful over the course and distance with Chelsea. The Portuguese tactician is now presiding over the development of a seriously impressive squad.
This was how Spurs did the job here against Manchester City recently. Knowing fully well they can’t win the possession, all they did was to show brilliance in front of goal backed up by the sort of mean-spirited defensive organisation that is the Mourinho trademark.
With Son and Kane proving to be deadly force once more, combining with each other to lethal effect as both creators and scorers, Spurs is showing sign of winning a title tthis season.
Once Gareth Bale settles well in the team formed a trident attack, Spurs will be hard to stop.