Sunday Observer - - SPORT - ONDON - Cleared

LHarry Kane's sec­ond-half header was enough to hand Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur a 1-0 win over North Lon­don ri­vals Arse­nal at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium. The home side started the brighter of the two teams in­side the first 10 min­utes with He­ungMin Son prov­ing prob­lem­atic for Shko­dran Mustafi.

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s charges con­tin­ued to en­joy more pos­ses­sion but were not pen­e­tra­tive enough in the last third to trou­ble goal­keeper Petr Cech.

Harry Kane found the open­ing in the 27th minute af­ter be­ing sent through by Chris­tian Erik­sen in­side the box but he could not con­nect well with the ball and skied his ef­fort over the cross­bar.

Arsene Wenger’s troops were ab­sorb­ing the pres­sure af­ter 35 min­utes and looked to cap­i­talise on counter- at­tacks, with Jack Wil­shere and Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan threat­en­ing.

Pierre- Em­er­ick Aubameyang got the first chance for the Gun­ners five min­utes be­fore half­time time with a strike in­side the box fol­low­ing a knock-down header by Na­cho Mon­real, but he was un­lucky to see his shot cleared off the line by de­fender Davin­son Sanchez.

The match went into the break logged at 0-0 in a very tac­ti­cal match from the Lon­don clubs.

Harry Kane broke the dead­lock five min­utes af­ter half­time with a tow­er­ing header past Cech fol­low­ing a fine cross from Ben Davies.

Erik­sen nearly made it 2-0 on the hour-mark af­ter un­leash­ing a won­der­ful curl­ing strike that forced Cech into a fine save. Wenger made a dou­ble sub­sti­tu­tion with 25 min­utes left to play as Mkhi­taryan made way for Alexan­dre La­cazette while Mo­hamed El­neny came out for Alex Iwobi.

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