Kane’s comedy downfall and unwitting help for Saka summed up Spurs’ grand finale
The third goal, happily hidden by Bukayo Saka, will define this derby and will live for a long time in Arsenal folklore.
He came up with a bit of everything for home fans to take advantage of Harry Kane’s misfortune and unwitting help for the Emirates’ new darling Saka, who celebrated with a little jig, sure to make a storm with the media social club department in the coming week.
At 3-0, Arsenal could banish any lingering fears rooted in Tottenham’s last win here in the Premier League, when they fought two-way to secure the victory with a late goal from Younes Kabul, in November 2010.
Arsenal really appreciated Harry Kane’s misfortune and his unwitting help for Bukayo Saka
Now they could relax and enjoy the show, clapping dazedly as Spurs cut passes out of play, chanting fire drills as fans marched to the exits and bursting in triumph at the final whistle then that Mikel Arteta was leading his players on an impromptu lap of honor.
For Tottenham, Saka’s goal seemed to sum up a big tussle; a feeling that nothing is happening and that even their best player cannot do right for doing wrong.
It was a smooth and murderous counterattack. And it had started with Kane on the ball, trying to work a yard of space but he tripped, lost control and allowed Thomas Partey to pinch and start the break.
Kane, always ready, drove away. Seconds later, he was back in his own penalty area, making a slide tackle to outsmart Saka, but as he cut the cross the ball spilled gently for the Arsenal youngster, who s’ is put there in a flash to beat Hugo Lloris. Follow the dance routine with Gabriel and Partey.
Kane fell on the ball then missed two tackles on Saka in preparation for the third goal
For the third consecutive Premier League game, Spurs were 3-0 down. Losing 3-0 at Crystal Palace was seen as a bad day at the office and losing 3-0 at home to Chelsea was hard to swallow, but it will take a long time to live.
They left three before half-time against their fiercest rivals and Nuno silently fumed on the sideline in his first North London derby, before fending off Dele Alli and Japhet Tanganga at half-time.
He saw his team improve in the second half. There was more bite in the midfield with Oliver Skipp alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, but he will know that Arsenal have lost their intensity by a notch.
Kane worked hard, still chasing his first Premier League goal of the season, still unable to find the spark even against the old nemesis.
No one has scored more than his 11 goals in this game and Nuno must have arrived hoping that after a midweek goal in the Carabao Cup his main source of goals could find the target and ignite one of those famous Kane goal groups.
Saka made Kane’s misery worse by calmly passing the ball past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris
However, he struggled to enter the ball and had no impact in the first half hour. His first shot on goal passed Aaron Ramsdale’s goal midway through the first half when the score was 1-0.
Kane was on the verge of cutting the deficit when he narrowly walked past a corner and appeared to have a decent claim for a second-half penalty when he was cut off by Ben White. Craig Pawson was not moved and neither was his assistants in the video booth.
There was another effort, saved by Ramsdale who excelled in his first North London derby, but it would be Kane’s second scoreless derby, another to forget.
When it was over, he shook a few hands and walked over to the corner of the pitch where only a few Spurs fans were left.
He applauded them, presumably for sticking around, then disappeared into the tunnel under a chorus of boos and a flurry of obscene hand gestures from the fans at the cheering house.
Kane looks cranky, the legacy of his failed attempt to escape north London for Manchester, which in turn is the backdrop for every opportunity he missed and every game he lost.
Chances have been hard to come by since Nuno arrived and, without his goals, his wit and leadership the Spurs are sinking deeper into trouble. Three encouraging 1-0 wins at the start of the season were overshadowed by three heavy losses.
All the good vibes of North London are red and white. It is Arsenal who can see a brighter future with young players rising to the challenge and showing signs of improvement.
Tottenham are in pain, looking a little lost, unsure of what to come next and aware that the man most likely to lead a revival would rather not be there.
If there’s any comfort to be found, it’s knowing that these cycles can turn quickly.
Less than a year ago, Spurs beat Arsenal to take the lead in the Premier League on a day when the defining image was Partey, turning his back on the game and limping injured as Kane scored.