Kane and able Spurs shock Gunners
London: Local hero Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur leapfrogged Champions League qualification rivals Arsenal by coming from behind to win a pulsating north London derby 2-1 on Saturday.
Mesut Ozil volleyed Arsenal in front at White Hart Lane, but a ferocious Tottenham onslaught saw Kane net a 56th-minute equaliser before heading in a sensational winner four minutes from time.
The home-grown striker’s double, his 21st and 22nd goals of the campaign, took Spurs into the Champions League places and left Mauricio Pochettino’s side a point above Arsenal, who fell to sixth.
Up in the air: Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane (second from right) heads in his second goal against Arsenal (in the 86th minute) during their English Premier League match at White Hart Lane in London on Saturday. Tottenham won 2-1. pic/AFP
“The fans were incredible, the atmosphere was like lightning and I will remember this for the rest of my career,” Kane told BT Sport.
“My first London derby, and to win the way we did by digging deep, it’s incredible. I probably won’t sleep tonight.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was presiding over his 700th Premier League game and he made one change to the team that had crushed Aston Villa 5-0 last weekend, with Danny Welbeck replacing Theo Walcott.
After Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina had denied Kane, Welbeck created the opener in the 11th minute, steaming past Danny Rose and picking out Olivier Giroud, whose miscued shot was volleyed home by Ozil.
It was to prove the cue for a wave of Spurs attacks, with Ospina saving from Rose and Ryan Mason. Arsenal’s resistance crumbled 11 minutes into the second half, when 21-year-old Kane tucked home at the back post after Mousa Dembele’s near-post header was parried by Ospina. The action swung from end to end thereafter before Kane
Bentaleb bent a cross into the box from the left and Kane rose above Koscielny to plant a textbook header inside Ospina’s right-hand post.