Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Arsenal: Five Things We Learned

Tottenham Hotspur won the first North London Derby at Wembley for 25 years thanks to Harry Kane’s second-half header. Here are five things we learned.

What Wembley curse?

When Spurs started this season at Wembley, they struggled to win matches but that is no longer the case. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have gone 13 home matches without defeat in the Premier League. The six points they got from wins against Manchester United and Arsenal at Wembley will be crucial in the race for the top four.

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This derby always produces goals

Both sides have scored in this Premier League fixture on 34 occasions; more than any other fixture. Arsenal didn’t manage to find the back of the net on this occasion but Spurs did thanks to Harry Kane. The home side had umpteen chances to increase their lead and had they been more clinical, it could easily have been 4-0. And Alexandre Lacazette will be kicking himself after his miss in the last minutes of the game.

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Harry Kane is the go-to man for Derby Day

Kane failed to give Spurs the lead in the first half after his header went over the bar but he made amends in the second half. In the 49 minute, Kane’s header from inside the box found the back of the net and put Spurs in front. He has now scored seven goals in seven league games against Arsenal. Only Emmanuel Adebayor (8) has scored more Premier League North London Derby goals.

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Arsenal face an uphill battle for a top-four place

Had Arsenal won this game, they would have been just one point behind Spurs. However, they were defeated and are currently six points adrift from the top four. Wenger has stated on several occasions that he wants Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League by finishing in the top four. Now it seems like he might have to do what Man United did last season and prioritise the Europa League.

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Petr Cech still waits for that elusive clean sheet

Arsenal have not kept a clean sheet since mid-December against Newcastle. That is now nine games since the Gunners kept a clean sheet which is Petr Cech’s longest run without a clean sheet in his Premier League career. Will he ever get his 200th Premier League clean sheet?

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