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Josh inspired by Harry's heroics against Gunners

Posted on 4 March 2016  - 15:45

Josh Onomah has revealed how Harry Kane’s match-winning brace in last season’s home game against Arsenal made him wish he was out on the pitch himself.

Josh on duty for us this seasonHarry Kane scores the winner in last year's home match against ArsenalJosh in action in an Under-18s game against Arsenal in 2013

The 18-year-old starlet, who has made 16 appearances for the first team so far this term, recalls being sat with his Academy team-mates in the crowd at White Hart Lane on that memorable afternoon last February.

No stranger to the passion surrounding the North London derby having grown up in the area and played against the Gunners at various different youth levels, the midfielder said the atmosphere during that 2-1 victory lit a fire inside him and gave him added drive to continue his hard work in order to be involved in games like that himself.

“I’ve been watching and playing in Spurs v Arsenal games from the Under-9s all the way upwards but I think the most memorable one I’ve seen was last season when Harry Kane scored twice,” said Josh ahead of our latest clash with the Gunners at the Lane on Saturday, kick-off 12.45pm.

“I was sitting on the Academy side in the north-east corner and I saw the passion – the atmosphere there was immense and I just wanted to be out on the pitch and playing in the game myself!

“To see us beat them 2-1 at the Lane with Harry scoring twice was a very memorable moment.”


Josh got a very small taste of the North London derby at senior level when he was introduced as a late substitute in our 1-1 draw at the Emirates earlier this term.

But what are his memories of encountering Arsenal at youth level?

“I first played them with the Under-9s when I first arrived here – funnily enough the games were at Myddelton House, just around the corner from our Training Centre now,” he explained.

“I remember the scores being 9-8, something crazy like that, the tackles were flying in and the passion was there, even at that young age. It just goes to show how much this match means, from the first team all the way down through the Academy. Obviously the youth games are about development, but you still always wanted to win against Arsenal.”