Tottenham revived its hopes of beating Arsenal to the ultimate Champions League qualification place by overwhelming its fierce north London rival in a 3-0 win within the Premier League.
Harry Kane scored twice — together with one from the penalty spot — and Son Heung-min added the opposite simply after halftime on Thursday to maneuver Tottenham one level behind fourth-place Arsenal, which had middle again Rob Holding despatched off within the thirty third when the rating was 1-0.
There are two video games remaining for every group and fifth-place Tottenham’s end to the season appears simpler than Arsenal’s. While Spurs face two of the underside 4 in Burnley and already-relegated Norwich, Arsenal should journey to Newcastle earlier than a house recreation in opposition to a resurgent Everton.
“This type of game is not easy — when it’s a game you must win, it’s not easy,” Tottenham supervisor Antonio Conte stated.
“We knew tonight, there had to be only one result. We had concentraton, and had the right calm and positive pressure.” Arsenal was liable for its personal downfall in a approach, with full again Cedric Soares barging into Son on the again put up for the penalty that Kane rolled into the nook within the twenty second minute.
Holding, already booked for pulling again Son, then opted to stay out an elbow to dam off the South Korea ahead relatively than monitor his run following Eric Dier’s ball excessive of the Arsenal protection.
Holding linked with the face of Son, who slumped to the bottom, and was proven a second yellow card within the thirty third.
Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta refused to touch upon both the penalty or the purple card, however his anger was evident.
“If I say what I think, I’m suspended for six months,” Arteta stated.
Arteta selected to not carry on a specialist defender to shore up the protection — middle again Ben White, getting back from damage, remained an unused substitute — and, inside 4 minutes, Arsenal fell additional behind.
Son swung over a nook from the fitting, Rodrigo Bentancur headed the ball towards purpose, and Kane stooped to go dwelling on the again put up from barely a meter out.
Son moved one purpose behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah within the race to be the league’s prime scorer by curling dwelling the third purpose from inside the world within the forty seventh after Kane had been tackled simply as he was about to shoot on the flip.
Son has 10 objectives in his final eight league video games and is on 21 for the marketing campaign, his greatest but for Spurs. He appeared sad when he was substituted within the 72nd minute, denying him an opportunity to attract degree with Salah, and was given an enormous hug by Conte after the ultimate whistle.
A depressing night for Arsenal was capped by defender Gabriel hobbling off with an obvious proper hamstring damage. With Holding suspended and White possibly nonetheless not absolutely match, Arteta’s central-defensive sources are being stretched simply on the flawed time.
Manchester City and Liverpool are already certain of being in subsequent season’s Champions League whereas third-place Chelsea is about to affix them, sitting 4 factors forward of Arsenal and needing one win from its remaining video games in opposition to Leicester and already-relegated Watford.
It means Arsenal and Tottenham look to be battling for the ultimate one and it ought to go to the ultimate day of the season.
“You lose the football match in the conditions that we lost it, it’s painful,” Arteta stated.
“This game is history for us, now it’s Newcastle. This game got out of our hands and we have to accept it.”