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Alli and Harry Kane kept Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League title
hunt as their side torpedoed Arsenal 2-0 in White Hart Lane's last north
London derby on Sunday.
Leaders Chelsea extended their advantage
to seven points by winning 3-0 at Everton earlier in the day, but
Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs cut the gap back to four points with a
The two goals arrived within 146 seconds of
each other in the second half, Alli polishing off a rebound and Kane
netting a penalty to take their respective goal tallies to 17 and 21 for
Spurs will finish above Arsenal for the first time
since 1995, ending 22 years of "St Totteringham's Day" - the day marked
by Arsenal fans when their team can no longer be overtaken by their
Spurs will play at Wembley next season before moving
into their new stadium - which is being built on the site of their
current home - in August 2018.
They have now won nine league
games in succession and prevailed in 13 successive league matches at
home within the same season for the first time.
Arsene Wenger's 50th north London derby ended in a fifth defeat in six
away games, leaving his side six points off the Champions League slots
in sixth place.
Arsenal retain a game in hand, however, and their
disappointment was mitigated by the fact top-four rivals Manchester City
and Manchester United both dropped points earlier in the day.
Koscielny shook off a knee injury to take his place in an Arsenal back
three that swiftly found itself under examination.
It took the
hosts less than a minute to register a shot on target, Kane working
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech at his near post after Alli hooked the ball
Toby Alderweireld headed wide from an Christian Eriksen
corner and Ben Davies saw a cross deflected into the side-netting by
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before Alli spurned a gilt-edged chance.
shot from the right flicked up off Koscielny and looped towards the
back post, but with the goal at his mercy - and under pressure from
Oxlade-Chamberlain - Alli nodded wide from point-blank range.
Three minutes later another chance went begging.
nutmegging Oxlade-Chamberlain, Son Heung-Min dispatched a shot that
fell kindly for Eriksen, but from seven yards out and with the net
gaping, his left-foot volley clipped the crossbar.
The half ended
with Cech scrambling to turn a low Jan Vertonghen effort behind, but
prior to that Arsenal had threatened to land a sucker-punch.
Ramsey obliged Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to palm a curling attempt
wide, while Kieran Gibbs slashed over and Alexis Sanchez billowed an
The pattern continued in the second half, Cech
saving from Victor Wanyama and Kane and Son hitting the side-netting
from the corner that followed Wanyama's effort.
Olivier Giroud provided a moment of alarm by volleying over at an Arsenal corner, but in the 55th minute Spurs' pressure told.
jinking into the six-yard box, Eriksen was thwarted by Cech, but Alli
followed up to slide in the rebound, with Oxlade-Chamberlain completely
miscuing an attempted goal-line clearance.
The Lane was rocking and three minutes later the home fans had a second goal to cherish.
Kane drew a clumsy swipe from Gabriel and then wrong-footed Cech with an emphatic, drilled penalty into the bottom-left corner.
looked to respond, Giroud and Sanchez shooting tamely at Lloris, before
Danny Welbeck and Hector Bellerin were pitched into the fray from the
But Spurs continued to look the more likely scorers and it
was only because of Cech's acrobatics that they failed to run away with
The former Chelsea goalkeeper produced flying saves to
deny Vertonghen and Alderweireld and raced out smartly to thwart Kane,
who also headed into the side-netting.