Tottenham Hotspur 2 vs 0 Arsenal

Goals from Son and Kane help Spurs to a 2-0 victory against North London rivals Arsenal, with 2,000 Tottenham fans in attendance.

For the first time in nine months, fans could support their team once again.

That feeling of walking up the High Road towards the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium returned.

Although 60,303 people still missed out, there was support for the team.

The team that has had a fantastic start to the season, thanks to Jose Mourinho and the hard-work put in by all of the players, yet no-one has been there to share the success.

Until today.

A North London derby against The Gunners.

Nerves. Fear. Doubt. Excitement.

All Spurs wanted was a win, nothing else.

With captain Hugo Lloris seemingly looking a doubt for the game, it was only a few hours before that he was named in the starting XI.

Alderweireld returned from his groin injury, that he picked up against Manchester City.

And Giovani Lo Celso made way for Tanguy Ndombele, who was left out of the squad due to a sickness he had not yet fully recovered from.

Arsenal started with Ghanaian star signing Thomas Partey, who had been projected to be out for a few weeks further.

The game began, with the away side kicking off.

Despite this, Tottenham were quick to gain possession after the ball was kicked out off play by an Arsenal player.

Harry Kane found some space on the edge of the area from the resulting attack but was brought down by Granit Xhaka.

Eric Dier stepped up to the free kick, which was fired over the four-man wall and over the bar too.

The next 10 minutes were cagey, with both sides trying to get a grasp on the game.

Tottenham’s number 10, then picked the ball up in the centre circle and played it wide to his strike partner, Heung-Min Son.

The South Korean pushed forward with pace, cutting in onto his right-foot.

Arsenal’s defence were reluctant to close down the winger and left him in acres of space around 25 yards away from the net.

This proved to be a mistake, as Son unleashed a superb curling shot towards the top right corner.

Bernd Leno was left stranded in his goal, and Spurs were ahead in the Derby.

Another Kane and Son link-up, saw the league leaders go 1-0 up.

The Reds continued to hold possession throughout the first half – as expected – and Spurs were happy to sit back, with the away side unable to break the defence.

With one minute added on for half time, Mikel Arteta’s side pushed for an equaliser, but the home side had other ideas.

After retrieving the ball inside of Lloris’ area, Serge Aurier played in Giovani Lo Celso, who began to attack.

A four-against-two situation, right before the 46th minute mark, and there was only going to be one outcome.

The Argentine passed to Son, who could have tried for a brace.

Instead, he returned the favour to the top assister in the league, and Kane was clinical.

He fired the ball towards the near post with his left-foot and it rattled off the bar and over the line, putting his side 2-0 up into the break.

In the build-up of play, Thomas Partey looked to go over to his manager and request to be substituted, leaving space for the Tottenham players.

Following the goal, Partey was replaced by Dani Ceballos, who managed one touch of the ball before the half time whistle blew.

The second half was a similar affair for both sides.

Arsenal became more creative, due to the introduction of the Spaniard Ceballos, but still could not break the Tottenham backline.

Several times, the fullbacks were able to pressurise Sergio Reguilon and Aurier, but once this became apparent, Jose Mourinho made a substitution.

Giovani Lo Celso – who was on a yellow card – came off for Ben Davies, to sit in between Eric Dier and Reguilon.

This helped Tottenham comfortably see out the rest of the match.

Arsenal had half chances with Lacazette and Aubameyang headers, but the French Goalkeeper, was able to keep a clean sheet for the fifth time this season, putting him joint top of the rankings with Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy.  

Two North London derby wins in two at the new stadium for Spurs, this one more comfortable than last seasons.

Harry Kane is now the all-time top goal scorer in the fixture, adding to his tally once again.

Overall, another brilliant defensively display by Mourinho’s men, and two fantastic goals to separate the sides.

Spurs still sit top of the league, for the third week in a row, and look towards the next game against Belgian side Royal Antwerp, in a battle for top of Group J in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

The Portuguese manager will be expecting a better performance than the one against LASK Linz earlier in the week.

2,000 fans will travel home delighted tonight, with many more supporters feeling the same.

North London is White.

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