Harry Kane Credits Arsenal Play After Tottenham Hotspur Win

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Visionhaus)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Visionhaus) /

Harry Kane became the leading scorer in North London Derby history with his 11th goal on Sunday versus Arsenal but seemed to have more important things on his mind.

Tottenham Hotspur are now unbeaten in 10 straight in the Premier League following the 2-0 win Sunday over Arsenal. In a game that was mostly decided in the first half as Spurs raced out to an early lead, according to Harry Kane it was about the team defending and doing “whatever it takes to win” and take the three points.

Tottenham Tactics Work

The approach for Tottenham could not have gone better. By scoring early and then again late in the first half, Spurs put themselves in a position where they did not have to stretch offensively and could maintain their defensive shape in the second half. Essentially, Arsenal was going to have to come up with something incredibly special and they did not have it.

Kane said in that in games like this derby, the outcome is often determined on “fine margins” and Spurs “were clinical when we had our chances and we defended well in our own box”. If a team is going to be clinical and defend well both they are going to be tough to beat, although Arsenal certainly did try.

As Tottenham worked to see out the game in the second half, Spurs struggled to maintain possession, and this came down to the Gunners according to Kane. “Credit to Arsenal they pressed us and won the ball back and kept us pinned in”. Fortunately, Spurs were able to adapt, defend and limit the chances for Arsenal, which is what Tottenham did on the day.

Kane was asked twice about his 11th goal in the North London Derby and twice he deflected the question. Straight off the top Kane was asked and said it was amazing, then immediately changed the subject to “first and foremost” talk about the fans. Clearly the fans helped drive the team and it was good to hear the singing and joy in the stadium.

The second time Kane was asked about the record, he then went back to talking about the defense as a team and doing what they must like they did on Sunday. After all, as Harry Kane said himself, “the most important thing is the three points”.