Tottenham were able to overcome Arsenal in the North London Derby in a game they looked comfortable in throughout. The 2-0 scoreline could easily have been far worse for the Gunners as Tottenham squandered a number of good chances, especially in the first-half.
The breakthrough was made in the 55th minute as the ball fell to Dele Alli in the box and he finished in clinical fashion. Three minutes later their lead was doubled as Harry Kane converted a penalty kick, after being brought down clumsily by Arsenal defender Gabriel in the box.
In what was a scrappy game, and ultimately it was Tottenham’s class in attacking positions that earned them three points which means they will finish above the Gunners for the first time in 22 years.
In a game that had so much on the line, who were the three best and worst performers in the North London Derby?
The Englishman upped his goals tally for the season to 21 after scoring against Arsenal to effectively seal the win for his side. He was Spurs’ biggest threat in front of goal having seven shots, five of which hit the target.
Kane worked hard for his side all afternoon and he always made himself available to receive the ball in attacking areas. The Englishman was Tottenham’s main outlet, coming short or spinning behind, and he was a nuisance for the Arsenal defence all game.
It became clear in the opening stages of the game how important the midfield battle would be. Victor Wanyama was superb in the centre of the park, consistently winning the ball back for his team, making three interceptions and two successful tackles.
His work on the ball was equally as impressive. It was his passes that were often splitting open the Gunners’ defence or creating a chance for a teammate. The Kenyan can be very pleased with his performance in such a huge match.
Playing in a wing-back role, Ben Davies impressed offensively and defensively as he worked tirelessly on the left flank. He was up and down all game, making tackles at one end of the pitch and then delivering crosses at the other.
His work was epitomised in the final stages of the game as he won the ball back before driving forward with the ball and relieving his side of pressure.