Arsenal have lost 2-0 versus Tottenham Hotspur in the final North London Derby to be played at the original White Hart Lane.

Second half goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane sealed the Gunners’ fate against their fierce local rivals, with the Emirates Stadium outfit also dropping precious points in the hunt for a top four finish.

Kane was the first to claim a shot on goal, coming as early as the first minute, making Petr Čech work to keep ahold of an effort from a tight angle.

Spurs looked towards Kane again in the 22nd minute, beating the offside trap before his shot ricocheted over to Dele Alli at the back post, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain doing just enough to force the attacker’s header wide.

The hosts came close once more three minutes later, as Son Heung-Min tore through the left before seeing his shot deflected away by Laurent Koscielny, but the intervention then sat up for Christian Eriksen to scrape the crossbar on the volley with the goal at his mercy.

Aaron Ramsey kept Hugo Lloris on his toes with a guided effort from range in the 38th minute, with the French goalkeeper pushing the strike away for an Arsenal corner.

At the other end, Jan Vertonghen tried his luck on his right foot, as Čech got down well to safeguard Arsenal’s goal before half time.

Spurs continued on top into the second half, with Vincent Wanyama calling Čech into action with a curling effort, whereas Son caused his fair share of danger when striking the side-netting from the subsequent corner in the 48th minute.

The Gunners responded through Olivier Giroud, who fizzed a spare left-footed volley just over the crossbar moments later.

Arsène Wenger’s men continued to find the likes of Eriksen difficult to contain, however, who initiated the entrance into Arsenal’s box and saw Dele Alli bundle in his rebound to break the deadlock in the 55th minute.

The scenario complicated itself further a minute later, as Gabriel Paulista clipped Kane inside the box for a Tottenham penalty, later converted by the England international to make it 2-0.

Vertonghen renewed his duel with Čech, this time on his favoured left foot, as the Arsenal man kept out Spurs’ third of the afternoon in the 67th minute.

Čech offered more respite into the final 15 minutes, denying both Kane and Toby Alderweireld on separate occasions.

Second half substitute Theo Walcott had his rare sighting of goal in the 86th minute, but a tame shot set Arsenal on their way to a disappointing 2-0 defeat.

By Patrick Ribeiro
(@P_SRibeiro)

Player Ratings:

Petr Čech (7); Gabriel Paulista (3), Laurent Koscielny (5), Nacho Monreal (5); Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Granit Xhaka (5), Aaron Ramsey (5), Kieran Gibbs (4); Mesut Özil (5), Olivier Giroud (4), Alexis Sanchez (5)

Subs: Danny Welbeck (4), Héctor Bellerín (4), Theo Walcott (4)

Written by Patrick Ribeiro

Freelance journalist. @P_SRibeiro

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