Arsenal put waste to all the good things they did in recent weeks to seemingly turn around their bad start to the season as they sat back and let Tottenham have a go at them. Harry Kane continued his superb recent form with two goals as Tottenham came from behind to beat Arsenal in an entertaining north London derby. Kane pounced to finish at the back post following Mousa Dembele’s flick from a corner early in the second half. He then rose to head home in the 86th minute to take Spurs a point above the Gunners in the Premier League table. Mesut Ozil had given Arsenal the lead with a close-range finish but they sat back after and paid the price.
Spurs, who ended Saturday fifth in the table, have now won their last seven home matches and taken 22 points from a possible 27. They also have a very real chance of ending a run of 18 seasons in which they have finished below Arsenal in the Premier League table. Twice in the second half Kane breached an Arsenal backline that had previously looked as stubborn and solid as it had during last month’s impressive 2-0 win at champions Manchester City. During a first half in which Spurs were the more positive side, but ended it behind when Olivier Giroud’s fluffed finish from Danny Welbeck’s cross fell to Ozil to finish from inside the box. At the break, Arsenal were eyeing another efficient counter-attacking victory in the mould of their Etihad triumph – a win that would have been their 13th in 16 games.
Wenger’s side had chances in the second half – most notably a long-range Welbeck shot that was well saved by Hugo Lloris – but in general they were not at their best as they became the latest side to suffer at the hands of Spurs and their in-form striker. Arsenal drop down to 6th place with 42 points after 24 games. Next up is Leicester.