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Tottenham still won't finish above Arsenal this season

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Tottenham Hotspur deservedly collected all three points against Arsenal in the north London derby, taking them above their fiercest rivals and, at least temporarily, into fourth place.

Mauricio Pochettino got his tactics spot on and Arsenal just could not handle it. They may have taken an early lead through Mesut Ozil, but they never looked like scoring another. It was all Tottenham.

Harry Kane continued his sensational rookie season as Tottenham's first choice striker in front of England manager Roy Hodgson. This was Tottenham's day and they should enjoy it while they can, because the joy won't last.

A tough run in

They remain one point above Arsenal, but between now and the end of the season they will travel to Liverpool, Manchester United, Southampton and Everton. A win here was essential to keep their top four hopes alive, but they are still precariously slim.

Along with those tough away games, they must also welcome Manchester City as well as take on a Europa League knockout competition. If they get to the final of the Europa League, which they have every chance of doing with the likes of Kane and Christian Eriksen on form, they will play 65 games this season. They also have a Capital One cup final against Chelsea to contest.

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Miracle needed

Finishing fourth ahead of Arsenal will be nothing short of a miracle. The Gunners face nine of the Premier League's bottom half in their last 14 games, only having to travel to Old Trafford out of the top ten clubs.

With Alexis Sanchez set to return for Tuesday's game against Leicester City, Arsenal are likely to recover from this victory while the hard work for Tottenham starts now. With Kane on song, they have a chance, but realistically it will another near miss for north London's bridesmaids.

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