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Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: Match report

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Tottenham sealed a massive comeback win over north London rivals Arsenal thanks to two goals from England's top scoring striker Harry Kane.

Kane scored twice in the second half to cancel out Mesut Ozil's early opener to send Tottenham ahead of Arsenal in the table and into the Champions League places.

Mauricio Pochettino's side started well and dominated possession, but the Gunners struck first as Olivier Giroud's screwed shot from Danny Welbeck's pullback fortunately fell to German Ozil, he showed extreme composure and technique to stroke home a first time effort from eight yards.

Kane was the difference

Spurs went back up the other end, and Kane was the leader of their attack. His right footed curling effort tested Davide Ospina in the visitors net, while Danny Rose went close on a couple of occassions. Arsenal looked threatening on the counter but were obviously relying on the tactics that worked so well in the 2-0 win at Manchester City last month.

The second half started more evenly but from one of Tottenham's many corners Mousa Dembele flick headed forced Ospina into a save, and Kane was there to sweep home at the far post.

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White Hart Lane was rocking as the fans urged the hosts on, and Kane went close a couple of times but the linesman's flag would have cancelled out any goal. Welbeck had Arsene Wenger's team's best effort, his curling effort forcing a brilliant save from Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham worthy winners

Spurs pushed forward, and with the game entering the final ten minutes Nabil Bentaleb sent in a delicious cross from the left Kane was waiting in the centre. The 21-year-old still had plenty to do but headed powerfully back across gaol into the top corner to leave the keeper with no chance.

It was no less than Tottenham deserved. They had the majority of possession, 23 shots (eight on target) to Arsenal's seven (three on target). The corner count was equally lopsided (10 vs 3), and Pochettino can look to build on their momentum when they visit Anfield on Tuesday night. Wenger will have to wonder if this is another case of two steps forward, one step back.

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