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Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal: 'We're entering our prime' - Harry Kane on forward partnership

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Harry Kane
Harry Kane's strike was the 250th goal of his professional career for club and country

Harry Kane believes both he and attacking partner Son Heung-min are entering the prime of their careers after their goals helped Tottenham overcome arch-rivals Arsenal and return to the top of the Premier League table.

The deadly double act were at the heart of another impressive win and both were on the scoresheet as Jose Mourinho's side took control of the game by the interval.

Son, 28, and Kane, who is a year younger, have now combined for 31 Premier League goals, the second most of any duo behind former Chelsea players Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard (36).

Eleven of those goals have come in this campaign and Kane told Sky Sports: "We're both at an age now where we're coming into maybe in our prime in terms of understanding the game and understanding each other.

"When I'm passing him through and he's cutting inside and whipping them into the top bins it is an easy game for me."

Mourinho hailed the pair as "world class" and once again highlighted their strong work ethic.

"Kane clearing balls in the box, Sonny for the first 60 minutes as a winger and then a second striker - it is not just about scoring goals and being world-class players," he said. "It is about being great guys and doing your best for the team."

Spurs fans were back inside their vast stadium for the first time in 277 days and were celebrating after only 13 minutes when Son took Kane's pass, advancing on the retreating Arsenal defence before curling a magnificent right-foot finish beyond diving Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno from 25 yards.

Arsenal dominated possession in the first half but it was Spurs who had the ruthless, clinical edge as they caught the Gunners on the break in stoppage time, Son repaying 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.

Mikel Arteta's side, who lost Thomas Partey to injury right on half-time, showed a little more threat after the break but Spurs closed out the win with relative ease to return to the Premier League summit.

Tottenham have that title look

Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal: Jose Mourinho pleased by Spurs topping Premier League table

In a season which has already had many twists and turns, the consistency, clinical approach and relentless efficiency of Spurs under manager Jose Mourinho means they carry all the hallmarks of a side who will have a big say in the Premier League title race.

It would be hugely premature to suggest this is the Spurs team who will end the wait for a title that will stretch back 60 years by the end of this season, but Mourinho is a manager who knows how it is done, has been successful over the course and distance with Chelsea and is presiding over the development of a seriously impressive squad.

Spurs did a comprehensive job on Arsenal in the same manner as they overcame the likes of Manchester City here recently, showing a brilliance in front of goal backed up by the sort of mean-spirited defensive organisation that is the Mourinho trademark.

They have undoubted world class in attack, as Son and Kane proved once more, combining with each other to lethal effect as both creators and scorers.

Once again there was no need for Mourinho to employ the services of Gareth Bale, who contented himself with regular warm-ups to the acclaim of the 2,000 Spurs fans who were able to see him in person for the first time since his loan move from Real Madrid.

Spurs are bursting with confidence and that superb attack allied to a concrete-clad defence is a very potent combination, with summer signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg absolutely outstanding as the sentry between defence and attack.

Mourinho again played down Tottenham's title chances, but conceded that the team was in a good position.

"We can lose everywhere in the Premier League, we can go to any team and lose, any team can come here and beat us," he said.

"Of course people could expect this past three matches [against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal], three or four points or six and lose one. We did seven [points], we didn't concede one goal against phenomenal teams.

"We are top of the league for one more week, which is good fun."

Arsenal's misery continues

Arsenal lacked 'end product' during Spurs defeat - Arteta

Arsenal languish in 15th place in the Premier League after this north London derby defeat which exposed them as lacking in threat and currently well adrift of their fiercest adversaries.

The Gunners are 11 points adrift of Spurs and there was no evidence here to suggest this gap will be closing any time soon.

Arteta's side had 62% possession in the first half but were caught out on the break twice by Son and Kane, surely a danger he had warned his players about in advance.

Arteta almost sprinted along the touchline in anxiety as Son advanced for Spurs' first goal, showing more urgency than his defence as they stood off and allowed this world-class operator to deliver a superb finish.

Arsenal were slightly more of a threat after the break but Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris only needed to make two routine saves and one of Arteta's biggest concerns will be the form of his biggest names.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was anonymous, as he has been most of the time since signing his new contract, while 32-year-old Willian, secured on a highly expensive deal from Chelsea in the summer, looked a spent force as he was easily outmuscled on many occasions.

It is early days for Arteta - and he has an FA Cup win as insurance - but this sixth defeat of the season demonstrated again the scale of his task and how far away Arsenal currently are from challenging at the top end of the table.

Player of the match

KaneHarry Kane

with an average of 8.44

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number10Player nameKane
    Average rating

    8.44

  2. Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-Min
    Average rating

    8.43

  3. Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg
    Average rating

    8.39

  4. Squad number4Player nameAlderweireld
    Average rating

    7.90

  5. Squad number15Player nameDier
    Average rating

    7.68

  6. Squad number17Player nameSissoko
    Average rating

    7.64

  7. Squad number24Player nameAurier
    Average rating

    7.54

  8. Squad number1Player nameLloris
    Average rating

    7.54

  9. Squad number3Player nameReguilón
    Average rating

    7.53

  10. Squad number23Player nameBergwijn
    Average rating

    7.36

  11. Squad number18Player nameLo Celso
    Average rating

    7.11

  12. Squad number33Player nameDavies
    Average rating

    6.78

  13. Squad number27Player nameLucas Moura
    Average rating

    6.76

  14. Squad number14Player nameRodon
    Average rating

    6.71

Arsenal

  1. Squad number3Player nameTierney
    Average rating

    4.73

  2. Squad number6Player nameGabriel Magalhães
    Average rating

    4.22

  3. Squad number7Player nameSaka
    Average rating

    4.14

  4. Squad number8Player nameDani Ceballos
    Average rating

    3.96

  5. Squad number9Player nameLacazette
    Average rating

    3.94

  6. Squad number1Player nameLeno
    Average rating

    3.80

  7. Squad number16Player nameHolding
    Average rating

    3.62

  8. Squad number18Player namePartey
    Average rating

    3.54

  9. Squad number12Player nameWillian
    Average rating

    3.53

  10. Squad number30Player nameNketiah
    Average rating

    3.50

  11. Squad number2Player nameBellerín
    Average rating

    3.36

  12. Squad number34Player nameXhaka
    Average rating

    3.08

  13. Squad number14Player nameAubameyang
    Average rating

    3.06

More records for Kane - the stats

  • Spurs have won consecutive Premier League north London derbies for just the third time, after December 1992 and May 1993, and April 2010 and November 2010.
  • Mikel Arteta is just the second Arsenal manager to lose each of his first two north London derbies after Bertie Mee in 1966-67.
  • Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has taken charge of more home games in all competitions without defeat against Arsenal than he has versus any other side (11 - W7 D4).
  • Arsenal have earned just 13 points from 11 league games this season, their lowest return at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1981-82 (12 points).
  • This was the 11th time a Mourinho side has had 35% possession or lower in a Premier League match, with the Tottenham manager winning nine of those matches (D1 L1).
  • Harry Kane scored his 250th goal in his senior career for club and country - 202 for current club Spurs, 32 for England, nine for Millwall, five for Leyton Orient and two for Leicester City.
  • Kane has now scored 11 goals in north London derbies, the most of any player in the fixture's history, overtaking Emmanuel Adebayor and Bobby Smith.
  • Kane assisted his 10th Premier League goal of the season in just 11 games; no player has ever reached 10 assists in fewer appearances from the start of a campaign in the competition (level with Mesut Ozil in 2015-16).

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 24Aurier
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 15Dier
  • 3Reguilón
  • 17Sissoko
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 23BergwijnSubstituted forRodonat 90+1'minutes
  • 18Lo CelsoBooked at 41minsSubstituted forDaviesat 72'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 88'minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 8Winks
  • 9Bale
  • 12Hart
  • 14Rodon
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 33Davies
  • 45Alves Morais

Arsenal

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Leno
  • 2BellerínSubstituted forNketiahat 75'minutes
  • 16Holding
  • 6Gabriel
  • 3Tierney
  • 18ParteySubstituted forCeballosat 45+2'minutes
  • 34XhakaBooked at 75mins
  • 12Willian
  • 9LacazetteBooked at 80mins
  • 7Saka
  • 14Aubameyang

Substitutes

  • 8Ceballos
  • 13Rúnarsson
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 20Mustafi
  • 25Elneny
  • 28Willock
  • 30Nketiah
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
2,000

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home5
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Arsenal 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Arsenal 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Joe Rodon.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Joe Rodon replaces Steven Bergwijn.

  5. Post update

    Gabriel Magalhães (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Lucas Moura replaces Son Heung-Min.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Eddie Nketiah.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexandre Lacazette.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Willian with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

  12. Booking

    Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal).

  14. Post update

    Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham Hotspur).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Serge Aurier.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Serge Aurier.

  18. Post update

    Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Héctor Bellerín.

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