Tottenham have ensured North London bragging rights for another season, and a vital Europa League advantage, with 2-1 win over rivals Arsenal.

First half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Son Heung-Min set the tone, but Tottenham’s set piece power proved the difference as Toby Alderweireld headed home a late winner.

Both sides had chances in the opening stages, as Emiliano Martinez denied Harry Kane, and Kieran Tierney fired wide.

And it was Arsenal that took up the greater initiative, as Lacazette fired them in front on 16 minutes.

Serge Aurier’s loose pass was seized on by Granit Xhaka, he found Lacazette in space, and the Frenchman fired past Hugo Lloris.

But with everything going well at one end, the Arsenal back line had a wobble three minutes later.

Saed Kolasinac’s pass to David Luiz was behind the Brazilian, and Son was in behind in a flash to clip over a stranded Martinez.

Spurs then took up the momentum, and Ben Davies was inches away from the goal of a lifetime as his 30-yard thumper smashed against the crossbar.

Arsenal looked to wrestle their way back into after the break, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the woodwork a quick test on the hour, as his drive against the bar had Lloris beaten.

As the game began to see saw in the final 20, there were chances at both ends, as Martinez denied Son and Lloris produced a diving save from Aubameyang.

But with Arsenal’s forwards banging on the door at one end, it was to be their defence that let them down again.

Son whipped in a corner, and Alderweierld got away from Tierney and Luiz to power home the winner.


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