Harry Kane’s late header proved to be the winner as Tottenham came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 in the North London derby at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Both sides came into the game in excellent form, but the Gunners were the fancied side having recently won at Premier League champions Manchester City, and with Spurs’ poor home record, it seemed visitors held all the aces.
Despite a quick start from the hosts, in which Kane saw a curling effort tipped wide by David Ospina, it was the visitors who forged ahead inside 11 minutes through Mesut Ozil.
Danny Welbeck, making his return from injury, left Danny Rose in his wake and although his cross was sliced wildly by Olivier Giroud, it dropped on the left foot of Ozil and he made no mistake from eight yards.
However, that was about as good as it got for the Gunners as Spurs continued to dominate the play and with a vociferous home crowd behind them they took control of the game.
Ospina was called upon to keep out Ryan Mason, Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Kane again before the break.
Somehow the hosts trailed at the interval but they were level after 56 minutes as Ospina parried Dembele’s header into a dangerous area and Harry Kane was on hand to sidefoot home at the far post.
Welbeck was well denied by Hugo Lloris as Arsenal briefly looked to try and regain control, but the momentum was with Tottenham and the hosts knew it.
White Hart Lane erupted four minutes from time as the excellent Mason curled in a cross and Kane rose above Laurent Koscielny to plant a header back across Ospina and into the far corner of the net.
A dream day for Kane and the Spurs supporters saw leapfrog their arch rivals from across North London into the top four.