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Tottenham’s dominant win over Arsenal highlights ever-growing gap between rivals

The gap feels like it has never been bigger.

Harry Kane became the king of the North London derby as he has now scored 11 goals in this fixture which is more than any other player in history.

It put Tottenham top of the table, Arsenal are stranded in 15th place, 11 points behind and yet the painful truth the distance between the two clubs looks way bigger.

Jose Mourinho’s men are genuine title challengers, Mikel Arteta might soon find himself in a relegation battle if he is not careful as they have managed just one win in seven Premier League games.

Tottenham’s victory over Arsenal never really seemed in doubt

Tottenham were ruthless, disciplined and commanding. Arsenal naive, wasteful and shorn of any belief or confidence. Mourinho’s upward trajectory is in stark contrast to Arteta’s downward spiral.

Arsenal’s defending was sloppy and it was an open invitation for the Premier League’s best double act in Kane and Heung-Min Son who are breaking new goalscoring records every week.

Maybe it was a good thing no Arsenal fans were allowed in because at least they could hide behind the sofa while the 2,000 Spurs supporters made a fantastic noise even in a 60,000 stadium.

They loved every minute because this was torturous for Arsenal and even when they had good spells in the game – and they did – they had a remarkable knack of continually shooting themselves in the foot.

That was maybe best summed up by Hector Bellerin who was caught out of position on the first goal, took his fifth foul throw-in of the season and then his delivery from a great position allowed Tottenham to counter attack and score the killer second goal.

Arsenal have won just one of their last seven Premier League games

Those were the margins in the victory and yet they are all that matters when you have Kane and Son because their ruthlessness in attack means Tottenham can sit deep, soak up pressure and with Pierre-Emile Højbjerg imperious in midfield.

Arsenal were better in the second half but it was too little too late and Tottenham just simply did a job on their rivals and that perhaps underlines Mourinho’s experience against Arteta who is a rookie by comparison.

Arsenal actually made a decent start, they were pushing forward and yet that was their undoing because they committed too many players and were caught short in defence.

Arteta darted along the touchline frantically waving his players back but it was too late, Bellerin could not make up the ground, Kane spread the ball wide to Son who then darted forward before curling a 20 yard shot into the top corner. It was a brilliant goal.

That was Kane’s tenth assist of the season, eight of which have been for Son and the stats just keep coming for the pair of them. If they carry on like this then Spurs will really take some stopping.

Jose Mourinho and his side look like genuine title contenders

It was the same again for the second goal. Arsenal pushing forward, Bellerin was in a great position but his cross was cut out, Spurs broke and this time it was roles reversed.

Incredibly, Tottenham were four against two on the break, Thomas Partey had gone down with a recurrence of his thigh injury and Son teed up Kane who smashed in a shot from the underside of the bar.

Son and Kane have now combined for 30 Premier League goals which is second only to Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard (36) while Kane’s goal was the 250th of his professional career for club and country and his 100th at home for Tottenham in all competitions.

How Kane loves this fixture.

The pressure is mounting on Mikel Arteta

Partey went off, Arsenal did actually get better and Dani Ceballos tried hard to be more creative and Alexandre Lacazette did produce two headers which brought good saves from Hugo Lloris.

Kieran Tierney worked hard and played well, Lacazette battled and yet Willian has just not shown up this season, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is so far off he really should be dropped and there were very few players to do themselves justice.

These two North London giants are heading in very different directions.




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