Spurs clinch NLD bragging rights

English Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur moved to within one point of Arsenal after securing a 3-0 win in the North London derby on Thursday evening.

Bukayo Saka managed to overcome an injury scare and featured in attack for Arsenal, while Spurs were without Cristian Romero as Davinson Sanchez was recalled.

Spurs caused the Gunners a lot of problems in the first 20 minutes and won a penalty after referee Paul Tierney spotted a nudge on Heung Min-Son by Cedric Soares on the near side of the area. The resultant spot-kick was taken by captain Harry Kane, who made no mistake from the spot.

Arsenal’s uninspired start was compounded as defender Rob Holding picked up his second yellow with 33 minutes gone for a shoulder charge on Son.

The host then took full advantage of the situation four minutes later and doubled their lead when Kane helped Rodrigo Bentancur’s clever flick into the near post to complete his brace.

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Arsenal’s first meaningful opportunity came in the last three minutes of the half, as Eddie Nketiah cut in from the left and forced Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris into a smart save.

The one-way traffic continued just after halftime when Son brought a clever reverse pass from Kane in his stride and applied a telling finish past Ramsdale.

Spurs didn’t give the Gunners room to breathe and could’ve gone four goals up minutes later from a first-time header on the shoulder of the area by Ryan Sessegnon, but Ramsdale was equal to the task.

The Gunners were still unable to find joy in advancing areas in the latter stages and brought on Emile Smithe Rowe and Alexandre Lacazette in an attempt to turn matters around.

A bright closing were in sight for the Gunners in the final seconds, but Antonio Conte’s men stood firm and secured the win that revived their top-four hopes.

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