Once again, Harry Kane proved to be Arsenal’s nemesis as his bullet header sent himself and Tottenham to a deserved 1-0 victory in the North London derby. Kane has now scored seven North London derby goals in seven appearances – a week after he and the Spurs players and backroom Staffers celebrated his one hundred Premier League goal.
The Arsenal team can currently be described as a beautiful sports car with an expensive engine but with a washed up bumper, as the scoreline doesn’t reflect the performance of both teams. Spurs could have won by more at Wembley, had they not been wasteful and took their chances properly. The home side had 18 shots, with 6 on target compared to their rivals, with 6 shots and just 1 on target.
Arsene Wenger made changes to his side that won against Everton in a 5-1 thriller at the Emirates, fielding; Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Henrik Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Both teams looked threatening on the counter-attack, as the home side played with a high line, but it took until the 27th minute for the first real chance to arrive. Kane had a chance where he should have scored, drifting beyond Nacho Monreal as Christian Eriksen found him with a clipped cross, but the unmarked striker headed over the post of Cech.
Spurs came roaring in the second half like an untamed starved beast, as they looked to get something from the derby. Their efforts would be rewarded four minutes after the restart when Ben Davies and Harry Kane combined well to gift their team a goal. Ben Davies was allowed time to cross from the left and the striker jumped high above Laurent Koscielny, before nodding past Cech.
Although there were shouts of a foul on Koscielny from Monreal and Wenger, as Kane had both hands on Koscielny but their appeal fell on deaf ears.
Cech was the reason why the score ended in a 1-0 win to the home side, as displayed strings of brilliant saves to keep out the opposition from extending their lead. Kane positioned himself in the opposition box, taking a shot, which was saved by the Czech, international, as he (Cech) did well to keep out Eriksen’s free-kick which was destined for the top corner.
Jack Wilshere had the only shot on target for the Gunners, with an amazing curl on the ball but Lloris was positioned well to save the danger that looked to rattle the net of the opposition.
Lacazette spurned two late chances to write his name in the stars of Arsenal faithful, volleying way over the bar before Iwobi’s pass unleashed him on the run, side-footing well wide after escaping Davinson Sanchez and Vertonghen.
Lacazette got abuse from Arsenal fans following his missed chances after the game came to an end. Lacazette who is running low on confidence could use some moral support from his new fans, as he has scored once since the match against United in December 2017. He hasn’t lived up to his form in France but has all the attributes to excel in England; patience is key for the Frenchman living up to his ability.