Kane had a free header on 25 after sneaking in between the Arsenal centre backs but he could only send his effort over the bar. "I'm happy for him and very proud that he is part of our team". Kane's second half header was the difference between the sides but it failed to tell the whole story of a match that showed how far the wind has shifted in Tottenham's direction. "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.
Tottenham have dropped 37 points from winning positions in Premier League games against Arsenal - the worst record of any club against a single opponent.
Following games such as the magnificent victory over Manchester United at Wembley and the derby win over Arsenal it becomes nearly inconceivable that Spurs could miss out on the top four.
The result leaves Spurs seven points clear of their local rivals, who saw substitute Alexandre Lacazette miss two excellent chances in stoppage time. You can say, "We are not strong enough when defending our goal", but when you look at the numbers and compare them to the top six, we do not score enough goals away from home. "Looking at that they will probably get a top-four place". "This season, if you look at the table, it is a very important game", mentioned Wenger at the pre-match press conference. That makes it much more hard now but we have to fight for as long as we have a mathematical chance. It was pure coincidence that memories spilled into an autobiographical story this past week, five days before the derby that means a bit more to him than the rest.
"It's a game we couldn't afford to lose, of course", the Frenchman said. The England forward had scored 92 goals in 117 matches before Saturday's tie at Wembley, while Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had netted 100 goals in his previous 117 games.
"We got down on the counter-attack a few times in the first half and we looked like we could have really hurt them, but then we had our final ball where we rushed it and the chance was gone". Football is not about switching off for three games and switching one for one game.
Later in the day, Sergio Aguero scored four goals as Manchester City extended their Premier League lead to 16 points with a 5-1 rout of Leicester City on Saturday.