Harry Kane was the north London derby matchwinner once again as we produced a superb second half display to beat Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon... and yet we were hanging on at the end!
The England striker scored his seventh goal in seven games against the Gunners and we carved out a whole host of chances after the interval, only for the visitors to so nearly spoil the party deep into stoppage time.
The first half had been fairly uneventful, Kane heading over the crossbar and Hector Bellerin driving over from 20 yards five minutes before the interval, but the same certainly couldn’t be said about the second period!
We took the lead just nine minutes after the restart when Ben Davies delivered a cross from the left and Kane climbed above two defenders to bury a header past Petr Cech, a goal which really brought the game to life.
The chances kept coming for us, only for the Arsenal goalkeeper to produce a string of fine saves to keep the game in the balance. After Kane had glanced a header just wide, Cech then beat out our England striker’s volley before keeping out Christian Eriksen’s free-kick and close-range efforts from substitute Erik Lamela and Kieran Trippier, while Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli both put glorious chances wide.
But for all our second half dominance, Arsenal so nearly snatched an unlikely point. Twice in the dying seconds Alexandre Lacazette should have scored, rifling a volley well over the bar and then, in the third minute of added time, latching onto Mohammed Elneny’s through-ball and, with just Hugo Lloris to beat, shot wide of the far post.
There was still time for Arsenal to be awarded a free-kick 25 yards out, but when Mesut Ozil’s effort struck our wall, that signalled the end and the points were safe... just!