Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

All hail Dembele midfield masterclass as he drives Tottenham to derby win

All hail Dembele midfield masterclass as he drives Tottenham to derby win

Kane's towering header deservedly settled the north London derby at Wembley as Spurs' surge towards an end-of-season place in the Premier League's top four gathers momentum.

His importance to the Tottenham side can not be overstated, and after the comfortable victory over Arsenal, Pochettino said of his superstar, as quoted by Marca: "He's the present and future of this club".

Harry Kane struck the victor to make it a day to remember for Mauricio Pochettino's side who, at the time of writing, sit in the Premier League top four. "I think he will be ready to be in contention for Saturday", Pochettino said. "It was a great performance by the team and thankfully I was there to put one away", said Kane, who also passed up other chances as Spurs' could easily have ran out more convincing winners.

"That's what we needed".

The victory over arch-rivals Arsenal moves Mauricio Pochettino's men up into third place, trailing second-placed Manchester United by four points. For me, it's a very disappointing result because the priority has to be to get into the Champions League from the Premier League.

Wenger threw on Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette but it was the hosts who remained the more potent force as Alli dinked a good chance wide before Cech came big again to deny substitute Erik Lamela and Trippier.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are sixth, six points off the top four and seven back of Tottenham.

Petr Cech
Getty Petr Cech was unable to stop Harry Kane scoring the winner

It was another step in the right direction for Spurs in their quest for a spot in the top four.

"It's a game we couldn't afford to lose, of course", manager Wenger said. While they are now six points off the top four, although Liverpool still have a game in hand, it still does not look like Arsenal will cover that difference based on their performances in this season. There was more at stake than just the derby.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said afterwards he was "proud", adding: "We played so well over 90 minutes but in the second half, for the first 20, 25 minutes, we played incredible football and created many, many chances".

"The game should have been finished at halftime,"?

"In the first half we missed three or four opportunities on the counter attack which is hard to swallow, always the final ball".

Spurs are unbeaten in eight league games but have drawn three of the last five.

Although Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in November, they haven't won an away league game against their rivals since 2014.

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