Kane and Son combination proves lethal again as Tottenham punish Arsenal in North London derby

Samuel Bannister

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min continued their prolific partnership as Tottenham beat Arsenal 2-0 in the North London derby.

Tottenham were able to welcome 2,000 fans back to their stadium for the first time since lockdown. It was not long until they had something to cheer about.

Spurs took the lead in the 13th minute after another combination between Kane and Son. The striker, with his back to goal in his own half, took a couple of touches to keep the ball away from the opposition before playing it out wide to his teammate on the turn.

Son charged forwards at the Arsenal defence, before drifting inside and sending a shot flying from outside the box into the far corner of Bernd Leno’s goal. It brought up the South Korean forward’s 10th goal in the league this season – in just his 11th game.

The roles were reversed as Tottenham doubled their lead just before half-time. Bursting forward on a counter attack, Spurs found themselves four on two.

This time, it was Son who set up Kane, before the striker smashed home from close range to become the all-time leading scorer in the history of the North London derby.

Arsenal fail to make most of possession

There was a blow for Arsenal in the buildup to the goal, as Thomas Partey pulled up with injury. He had to go off at half-time, as Dani Ceballos replaced him.

Ceballos helped Arsenal show more composure in possession towards the start of the second half. However, the Gunners were still struggling to test Hugo Lloris.

When they did, though, the Tottenham keeper was equal to their efforts to beat him. Arsenal had their best chance yet in the 67th minute, but Lloris clawed away a header from Alexandre Lacazette.

Barely venturing forwards in the second half, a resolute Spurs held on to all three points to return to the summit of the Premier League table.