Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal: Harry Kane scored twice and Son Heung-min was on target as Tottenham claimed an important 3-0 victory over Arsenal on Thursday. Spurs secured a huge victory in the race for Champions League qualification. Arsenal played an hour of the north London derby with 10 men. Follow Live Premier League Updates on InsideSport.IN
Premier League: Goals from Harry Kane and Son help Tottenham beat 10-men Arsenal, Spurs move 1 point closer to 4th place Gunners, Watch North London Derby HIGHLIGHTS
A win for Arsenal would have been enough for them to clinch a top-four finish in the Premier League for the first time since 2016, but they are now just one point clear of Spurs with two games remaining.
Tottenham were awarded a penalty in the 22nd minute when Cedric shoved Son over in the box and Kane showed great composure to send his spot-kick into the bottom-right corner.
Holding was given his marching orders after catching Son in the head with his arm and Spurs doubled their advantage just four minutes later.
Son’s corner was helped on towards the back post by Rodrigo Bentancur, with Kane stooping to nod into the back of the net from close range.
Premier League: Spurs move 1 point closer to 4th place Gunners
Things got worse for Arsenal just two minutes after the restart, with Son dinking the ball home through a crowd of bodies after Gabriel Magalhaes’ tackle on Kane.
Aaron Ramsdale made two saves in quick succession to deny Emerson Royal and Kane, while Son was unable to turn Ryan Sessegnon’s pass on target despite being one-on-one with the keeper.
Gabriel hobbled off late on with a hamstring injury for the Gunners, who were left to mull over a defeat that put a dent in their hopes of a return to the Champions League.
Arsenal’s Red card record under Mikel Arteta
Arsenal were completely undone after Holding’s dismissal, which was their 13th red card in the Premier League since Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge in December 2019 – that is five more than any other team in the same timeframe.
They were unable to keep things tight and consequently fell to a third straight away loss to Spurs in the league for the first time since August 1961.
The Gunners must regroup ahead of a trip to Newcastle United and a clash with Everton, with Spurs still to face Burnley and Norwich City.
King Kane of the North London Derby
With his first-half double, Kane took his haul of top-flight goals against Arsenal to 13. The only team he has scored more against in the competition are Leicester City (17). Kane has now been involved in 52 goals in 69 London derby appearances in the Premier League, two behind Thierry Henry’s record.
Tottenham needed a result in this game to keep their top four hopes alive, and that’s exactly what they’ve found. The three points for the hosts means they move to just a point behind their bitter rivals, with two games left to play. They will host Burnley next before finishing up with an away game at relegated Norwich, as they look to keep the pressure on Arsenal.
For the Gunners, defeat means that they miss out on the chance to clinch their place in the Champions League next season, and they face a tricky visit to Newcastle next before hosting Everton on the final day as they look to finish in the top four for the first time since the 2015/16 campaign.