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Arsenal's Nacho Monreal chases Tottenham Hotspur superstar striker Harry Kane in N.London Derby at Wembley


Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Arsenal - (Kane 49)

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side are the deserved winners of the 195th north London derby due to Harry Kane’s fantastic header! Jack Wilshere angrily challenged a smiling Lamela, but the two were pulled apart at the end of a hard-fought match on a rain-soaked afternoon. Spurs were the better team in the second half. As a result, Tottenham go into third place, seven points clear of their bitter rivals Arsenal who remain in sixth. A top-four finish for Arsenal is still a possibility, but they’ll need to keep winning in the Europa League, just in case.

Arsenal and Tottenham fans showed up ready for an exciting clash and the atmosphere was red hot for one of the classic fixtures in the English Premier League football season. Tottenham wore their famous Spurs logo white shirts and dark blue shorts, while Arsenal wore their storied red tops with white sleeves and white breeks. 

Both club managers were interviewed prior to the first North London Derby at Wembley for a quarter of a century.

“It is more than just a north London derby, it has a big importance in the table,” said Arsene Wenger about the derby. “We have some ground to make up. We have an opportunity to do it today, and we want to show we are capable to do it. Aaron Ramsey is injured and could not participate. We are an attacking team, bit I have put one more defensive midfielder in. Jack Wilshere was sick but I hope he is back to his level, he had a good training week. But we only know during competition.”

“Always we try to decide the best player for every game,” said Mauricio Pochettino about his squad selection. “But the team played so well against Manchester United and Liverpool, I could go in with the same players. I can trust them. Toby Alderweireld needs to build fitness, it is so important to have Alderweireld, but it is about level of fitness and who is ready to compete in big games. There is no doubt that the team that is going to play is the best team. It is difficult for Lucas Moura, arriving from a different league to adapt. He must build his fitness and get to know his team-mates. If he can contribute and help us, fantastic; if not, he can wait to show his quality.”


Argentinean Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur and Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal had options in attack going into the derby. The signing of Lucas Moura, return of Erik Lamela and recent excellence of Heung-min Son gave Spurs boss Pochettino decisions to make to start the game, game-changers on the bench. Arsenal No. 1 goalkeeper Petr Cech was passed fit for Saturday's North London Derby against Tottenham Hotspurs at Wembley Stadium. The experien veteran goalie was forced off with a calf problem in the Gunners’ win over Everton but returned to training on Friday ahead of the match. Nacho Monreal also started after illness but Aaron Ramsey missed out on the 18-man squad due to a groin injury. Lucas Moura is on the bench for Spurs while Toby Alderweireld missed out.


Tottenham Hotspur

Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen Davies, Dier, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Kane, Son. Subs: Rose, Lamela, Wanyama, Vorm, Sissoko, Aurier, Lucas Moura.


Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny Xhaka, Ozil, Wilshere, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang.

Subs: Lacazette Ospina, Iwobi, Chambers, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac.

Harry Kane rises to head home.

To date, Arsenal have won 9 consecutive games at Wembley Stadium. That’s more than the Spurs have won in their temporary home. Having scored five last week. Arsenal were confident going into the derby. It may be too late to save this season, but Arsenal have options and alternatives in attack. The only match the Spurs have lost in any competition since the end of November was at the home of the champions elect, Manchester City. Tottenham have won 13 of their last 16 home games and haven’t conceded at Wembley in over a month. 

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Harry Kane celebrates in N.London Derby at Wembley


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