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Tottenham 3-0 Arsenal: Player Ratings as Spurs keep top-four hopes alive

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A crucial victory prevents Arsenal from sealing their spot in the next season’s Champions League.

Tottenham defeated Arsenal 3-0 in the North London derby on Thursday. A brilliant performance from the Spurs shrunk the gap between the city-rivals to one point on the table.

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Arsenal started the game as the dominant side but were not able to break the deadlock early on. Following a few half-chances on both sides, Harry Kane put the Spurs ahead by converting a spot-kick in the 22nd minute.

Only ten minutes later, Arsenal went down to ten men when Rob Holding received his second yellow card. 

The Gunners tried to regroup their defensive forces, but the shock provided the Spurs to double their lead through another Kane goal in the 37th minute. The England captain headed home from close range after receiving a fantastic assist from Rodrigo Bentancur. 

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The hosts did not allow Arsenal a chance to get back into the game in the second period. Only two minutes after the interval, Son Heung-Min smashed a half-cleared ball past Aaron Ramsdale to make it 3-0 for Antonio Conte’s men.

Arsenal pushed hard to get back into the game throughout the second half, with Mikel Arteta three changes to his lineup. However, the Gunners couldn’t find the back of the net as they missed their chance to secure their top-four spot with a derby victory. 

What’s next for Arsenal and Tottenham?

Tottenham move one point behind the Gunners on the league table, with two games to play.

The Spurs must face Burnley and Norwich in their remaining games while Arsenal meet Newcastle and Everton. Let’s see if Conte’s side can leapfrog their opponents in the last two matchdays of the campaign.

Player Ratings

Tottenham: Lloris (8), Sanchez (7), Dier (7), Davies (7), Emerson (7), Bentancur (6), Hojbjerg (8), Sessegnon (7), Kulusevski (6), Son (8), Kane (9).

Bench: Rodon (6), Bergwijn (5), Moura (6).

Arsenal: Ramsdale (6), Cedric (5), Holding (4), Gabriel (6), Tomiyasu (6), Elneny (6), Xhaka (5), Saka (5), Odegaard (6), Martinelli (7), Nketiah (5).

Bench: Smith Rowe (6), Tavares (6), Lacazette (5).