Kane stops Gunners from topping the table
Spurs striker slots home on return from injury lay-off
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.”