Kane stops Gun­ners from top­ping the ta­ble

Spurs striker slots home on re­turn from in­jury lay-off

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Though Tot­ten­ham striker Harry Kane was far from his best, he kept his cool to bury home from the penalty spot and make a scor­ing re­turn from in­jury against Arse­nal.

In yes­ter­day’s 1-1 draw, Kane grabbed the equaliser in the derby at the Emi­rates Sta­dium to pre­serve Tot­ten­ham’s un­beaten start to the Premier League sea­son.

Kane, who has missed 10 games af­ter dam­ag­ing lig­a­ments in his right an­kle, con­verted a penalty six min­utes into the sec­ond half to pre­vent Arse­nal go­ing top of the ta­ble.

The Gun­ners had taken the lead through an own goal by Spurs de­fender Kevin Wim­mer. “It’s been a long time,” said Kane. “It feels great to be out there with the team, great op­por­tu­nity to get back scor­ing goals.

“I played 75 min­utes. I have trained all week, I am ready to step up for Eng­land, I am feel­ing good, and the an­kle is fine. This is a tough place to come and we got a draw.”

Spurs man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino seemed re­lieved with the re­turn of his star striker. He said: “I am happy with Harry Kane, it is tough af­ter not play­ing for a few months. It is im­por­tant for the team to feel one of our best play­ers is avail­able.”

De­spite be­ing on their long­est un­beaten run in the league in more than 50 years – 11 games – Spurs still re­main out­side the top four.

Po­chet­tino's team are with­out a win in seven games and have failed to score from open play in the last six.

Theo Wal­cott had his reser­va­tions about the penalty de­ci­sion but said it was not a bad re­sult for the Gun­ners.

“It was a dif­fi­cult game,” said Wal­cott. “We had good pe­ri­ods in the game, but didn’t man­age to fin­ish our chances. We will look back on it as a good re­sult.”

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