What a great win, and back at the top: Spurs 2 The Gooners 0
We came, we saw, and we conquered the Gooners—what a feeling, what a result. We are now 11 points (yes, 11 points) above the Gunners (they are seven points above the relegation zone).
We’ve got the best defence (only conceding 9 goals), we are the second top in goals scored (Chelski have scored two more than us).
But before we get into the game, let make a comment about the crowd and social distancing. I wasn’t there, unfortunately, however, I’ve seen pictures of the crowd – before they went into the stadium – and they were shoulder to shoulder together. What is the point if you can’t social distance outside the ground? Therefore Tottenham or the Government could have easily have allowed 10,000 or more. Anyway, that is my moan over… but it was great to see crowds back at the ground… hopefully I’ll get a ticket for the next game.
Son and Kane continued their remarkable teamwork with a goal and an assist each as we returned to the top in our north London derby win against the Arsewipes.
Son collected Kane’s pass to curl in a superb opener from 25 yards. He then found Kane to crash in off the underside of the crossbar as our boys proved lethal on the counter-attack yet again. Those two great players have now combined for 31 Premier League goals, the second most of any duo after Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard with 36. And it won’t be long before we overtake them.
When we scored both goals, I was with the crowd – in spirit – and going berserk… I was singing away like a man possessed. Luckily nobody was around to witness me going bananas. Next time I’ve got to be there.
Eleven of those goals have come in 2020-21 – while Son now has as many goals in the league this season as the Arse.
Kane has became the top scorer in north London derbies with his 11th goal against the shites.
Nonetheless, let us not forget that the Gooners had possession most of the time. Still, it was us who had the ruthlessness, clinical advantage as we caught the Gooners on the break in stoppage time, Son played in Kane for an unstoppable finish off the underside of the crossbar for his 11th north London derby goal and the 250th of his career for clubs and country.
My thoughts as we are back on Top of the Premier League Christmas Tree.
In a season which has already had many surprises, the consistency, clinical approach and the efficiency, means we can carry all the hallmarks of a side that will have a big say in the title race. If anybody can help us win silverware, then it will be Mourinho. Mourinho is a manager who knows how it is done, has been successful over the course and distance with his teams and is presiding over the development of an imposing fighting squad.
We did a thorough job on the Gooners in the same manner as we overcame the likes of United and Manchester City. We showed brilliance in front of goal backed up by the sort of mean-spirited defensive organisation that is the Mourinho brand. We indubitably have been world-class in attack, as Son and Kane proved again, combining with each other to deadly effect as both creators and scorers.
Because we were 2-0 up there was no need for us to employ Gareth Bale, who sat it out.
We are showing great confidence, with a superb attack allied to a solid-clad defence is a very potent combination, with summer signing Pierre-Emile Hjobjerg absolutely outstanding as the sentry between defence and attack.
Oh, I also must say that I predicted the right score again, as I did in our previous matches.
We have won consecutive Premier League north London derbies for just the third time, after December 1992 and May 1993, and April 2010 and November 2010.
Mikel Arteta is just the second Arsenal manager to lose each of his first two north London derbies after Bertie Mee in 1966-67.
Jose Mourinho has taken charge of more home games in all competitions without defeat against Arsenal than he has versus any other side (11 – W7 D4).
Arsenal have earned just 13 points from 11 league games this season, their lowest return at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1981-82 (12 points).
This was the 11th time a Mourinho side has had 35% possession or lower in a Premier League match, with the Tottenham manager winning nine of those matches (D1 L1).
Tottenham duo Son and Harry Kane have now combined for 31 Premier League goals, the second most of any duo after Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard (36) – 11 of these goals have come in 2020-21.
Harry Kane scored his 250th goal in his senior career for club and country – 202 for current club Spurs, 32 for England, nine for Millwall, five for Leyton Orient and two for Leicester City.
Kane has now scored 11 goals in north London derbies, the most of any player in the fixture’s history, overtaking Emmanuel Adebayor and Bobby Smith.
Kane assisted his 10th Premier League goal of the season in just 11 games; no player has ever reached 10 assists in fewer appearances from the start of a campaign in the competition (level with Mesut Ozil in 2015-16).
What next for us?
On Thursday we play our last game in the Europa qualifying league (but have already qualified for the knock out stages). We could go top if we beat Royal Antwerp. Then on Sunday, we face Palace away at 2.15 pm.
Well, that is it, folks, we may have played the ugly way or the Mourinho way, but we are marching upwards and onwards. I feel my red blood pulsing like mad as I watch our team knock the other contenders over like skittles. It has been a while since I’ve been this excited (that is football-wise!!!).
Be safe, take care and see you soon, Glenn