Harry Kane has soared and scored before in the north London derby. The Tottenham striker rates his late headed winner against Arsenal in February 2015 as the finest goal of his career. He was at it again here in a moment to sum up the difference between bullying Spurs and fragile Arsenal.
Ben Davies’s cross from the left was inviting and Kane simply wanted it more than anybody in the vicinity. Timing his leap to perfection, he appeared to hang in the air, towering above Laurent Koscielny, before planting the header into the far corner. Arsenal’s players shouted for a push on Koscielny and so did Arsène Wenger but the appeals smacked of desperation. It was Kane’s seventh goal in seven Premier League matches against Arsenal.
This was a demonstration of Tottenham’s superior power and fitness, as much as their technical ability. After a tepid first half, Kane’s goal was the prompt for them to put the boot on their rivals’ throats. They pressed down hard and as Arsenal lost their shape it was a wonder how it did not turn into a beating. The visitors owed a debt to Petr Cech for keeping the scoreline respectable.