Tottenham revived their hopes of beating Arsenal in the Champions League final standings by beating fierce North London rivals 3-0, their biggest derby win since the 1980s.
- Two goals from Harry Kane and a third from Son Hueng-Min took Tottenham to fifth place, a point behind Arsenal and automatic European qualification.
- The 3-0 result is the Spurs’ biggest North London derby win since 1983.
- Arsenal saw the final hour of the 10-man game after Rob Holding was sent off in the 33rd minute
Harry Kane scored twice – including once from a penalty – and Son Heung-min added the other just after the break in Thursday’s crucial clash, when the race for European spots came to a close.
The victory left Tottenham just one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who had defender Rob Holding sent off in the 33rd minute when they were trailing 1-0.
There are two games left for each team and fifth-placed Spurs have what looks like an easier end to the season than Arsenal.
While Spurs face two of the bottom four – Burnley and already relegated Norwich – Arsenal are expected to travel to Newcastle ahead of a home game against Everton.
Arsenal were responsible for their own downfall, with winger Cedric Soares breaking into Son at the back post for the penalty Kane rolled into the corner in the 22nd minute.
Holding, who has already received a yellow card for pulling Son, opted to stick out an elbow to block the South Korean striker rather than follow his run after Eric Dier’s ball over Arsenal’s defence.
Holding connected with Son’s face – who fell to the ground – and was shown the second yellow card in the 33rd.
The situation worsened for Arsenal four minutes later when Son deflected a corner from the right, with Rodrigo Bentancur heading into the goal and Kane ducking to head in at the far post from just a meter away.
Son was one goal behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the race to be the league’s top scorer, scoring the third goal from inside the box in the 47th minute.
Son has 10 goals in his last eight league games and has 21 for the campaign, his best so far for Spurs.
A miserable night for Arsenal was capped off by defender Gabriel limping with an apparent right hamstring injury.
With Holding suspended and Ben White just fit enough to sit on the bench after a recent injury, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s central defense resources are being stretched at the wrong time.
Manchester City and Liverpool are already sure to be in next season’s Champions League, while third-placed Chelsea are expected to join them, four points clear of Arsenal and needing a win in their remaining games against Leicester and the already relegated. Watford.
That means Arsenal and Tottenham appear to be fighting for the last spot in a race that is set to go until the final day of the season.
Tottenham could probably have won by more to add to their already massive goal difference over Arsenal, but remain fifth with the Gunners still in charge in the battle for fourth place.
The gap between them is now just one point, with both sides with two games left.
Arsenal face Newcastle United away and Everton at home, while Tottenham host Burnley and end up at relegated Norwich City in the penultimate matchday of the season.