Spurs striker Harry Kane has spoken about he coped on the sidelines with his recent injury and the responsibility he has within the team.
The 23-year-old marked his comeback from a seven-week injury lay-off by slotting home an equalising penalty as Mauricio Pochettino’s side left the Emirates Stadium with a 1-1 draw to extend their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.
Kevin Wimmer’s own goal had given Arsenal the lead at the interval but the visitors were the better side in the second half and Kane’s leveller, after man of the match Mousa Dembele had been fouled by Laurent Koscielny, means he has five goals in as many games against the Gunners.
An ankle injury had kept Kane out of action and saw him miss 10 games for Tottenham, the last six of which the club failed to win with him absent.
In that run, Spurs managed just four goals and Kane – who has also been called up for England’s forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Scotland and the friendly at home to Spain – says it was hard to stomach such a collective goal-drought without being able to help.
“It has been difficult, especially with the team going through a bit of a spell where we haven’t been winning games,” he said.
“It’s hard. It’s like watching my family – I just want to be out there helping them. But it’s part of it. I was there training with the team, I was around them.
“It has been a difficult spell for us but we came out against Arsenal and played very well, we could have even nicked it.
“I felt fine. I have been working hard to be ready and I wouldn’t have been out there if I wasn’t feeling good enough.
“I’m happy with it. I still need to get some match fitness, but I was delighted to be out there and to score.”
Kane could have had more than just his penalty to mark his return, but said he always believes in his ability when out on the pitch.
Asked if he likes the responsibility of being Tottenham’s go-to man for goals, he replied: “Yes, it’s what it’s all about. I’m in the team to score goals.
“I try and score as many as I can in the season to help the team out. Whenever I’m on the pitch I feel confident.
“I had a header in the first half which went just wide, an effort at the back post (second half) which I didn’t get the best contact on and I obviously scored a penalty. It was great to be back in those situations and to be back among the goals.”