Here's how Spurs guaranteed their first finish above Arsenal in 22 years

Tottenham's 22-year wait to finish above Arsenal is over but their title chase is not done yet after Dele Alli and Harry Kane sealed a 2-0 victory in White Hart Lane's last north London derby.

Here's how Spurs guaranteed their first finish above Arsenal in 22 years

Tottenham's 22-year wait to finish above Arsenal is over but their title chase is not done yet after Dele Alli and Harry Kane sealed a 2-0 victory in White Hart Lane's last north London derby.

Only 146 seconds separated Alli's second-half opener and Kane converting from the penalty spot as Spurs moved 17 points clear of the Gunners and made it mathematically impossible for their rivals to close the gap.

Victory was only tarnished by Chelsea's emphatic 3-0 win at Everton earlier in the day, which means Tottenham could only reduce the difference at the top back to four points.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Completely predictable. But I was 11 the last time Spurs finished above Arsenal. Where's my tamagotchi? - TV personality Alex Brooker.

STAR MAN

Christian Eriksen. Alli and Kane, the usual suspects, may have got the goals which sealed victory in a north London derby with so much riding on it, but it was Eriksen who again shone for the hosts. The Denmark international has been influential in recent weeks and was pulling the strings here as Mauricio Pochettino's side kept alive hopes of catching Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.

DATA POINT

There were just 146 seconds between Alli's opener and Kane's spot-kick as Arsene Wenger lost his eighth north London derby of the 50 he has now presided over as Arsenal boss. The defeat also has a longer-lasting effect as it means Tottenham will now definitely finish above their neighbours for the first time since 1995.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Harry Kane penalty. The England striker loves playing against Arsenal and he made sure of the points with his sixth goal in his last five Premier League outings against the Gunners.

Having taken the lead just two minutes earlier through Alli, Kane was tripped by Gabriel before dusting himself off to tuck away the penalty and seal an emotional victory.

RATINGS

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris: 6 (out of 10)

Kieran Trippier: 6

Jan Vertonghen: 7

Toby Alderweireld: 7

Ben Davies: 7

Victor Wanyama: 7

Eric Dier: 7

Son Heung-min: 7

Dele Alli: 7

Christian Eriksen: 8

Harry Kane: 7

Substitutes

Mousa Dembele (for Son, 78 mins): 6

Kyle Walker (for Trippier, 88 mins): 6

Moussa Sissoko (for Alli, 90 mins): 5

Arsenal

Petr Cech: 7

Gabriel: 5

Laurent Koscielny: 6

Nacho Monreal: 5

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 5

Granit Xhaka: 5

Aaron Ramsey: 5

Kieran Gibbs: 6

Mesut Ozil: 5

Alexis Sanchez: 5

Olivier Giroud: 5

Substitutes

Danny Welbeck (for Xhaka, 65 mins): 6

Hector Bellerin (for Gabriel, 75 mins): 6

Theo Walcott (for Giroud, 80 mins): 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

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Full match report

Tottenham's 22-year wait to finish above Arsenal is over but their title chase is not done yet after Dele Alli and Harry Kane sealed a 2-0 victory in White Hart Lane's last north London derby.

Only 146 seconds separated Alli's second-half opener and Kane converting from the penalty spot as Spurs moved 17 points clear of the Gunners and made it mathematically impossible for their rivals to close the gap.

Tottenham's victory was only tarnished by Chelsea's emphatic 3-0 win at Everton earlier in the day, which means they could just reduce the difference at the top back to four points.

Chelsea have Middlesbrough, West Brom, Watford and Sunderland left to play and this could well prove the day Antonio Conte's men tightened their grip on the trophy.

There was little sign of disappointment for Spurs fans, however, who have not toasted finishing a league season above Arsenal since 1995, an achievement made all the more sweet given it came in the final run of this fixture at this current ground.

Tottenham confirmed on Friday they will move to Wembley next season, making this the last north London derby at White Hart Lane before the club opens its new stadium in August 2018.

For Arsene Wenger's men, the challenge of sneaking into the top four has become even more acute.

Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier and Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs battle for the ball at White Hart Lane, London, today.
Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier and Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs battle for the ball at White Hart Lane, London, today.

They now sit five points behind Manchester City and four back on Manchester United, albeit having played one game less than both, with next weekend's match at home to United now taking on even greater significance.

Mousa Dembele's ankle injury meant he was fit enough only for a place on the bench as Eric Dier partnered Victor Wanyama in midfield.

Laurent Koscielny shook off a knee problem to start at the centre of an Arsenal back three while Aaron Ramsey came in for Francis Coquelin.

Kane tested Petr Cech with an early shot from the angle but Arsenal were comfortable in the first 20 minutes, disciplined in defence and determined up front to stop Spurs playing out from the back.

Two Tottenham chances, however, arrived in the space of two minutes and they should have scored from both. First, Alli nodded Kane's deflected shot wide at the back post and then it was Son Heung-min's effort that ricocheted invitingly into the air but this time Christian Eriksen volleyed over with the goal gaping.

That was as close as Spurs came in the opening period and in fact it was Arsenal who finished the stronger, Ramsey stretching Hugo Lloris with a guided shot towards the far corner before the unusually quiet Alexis Sanchez bent one wide of the back post.

Wanyama and Olivier Giroud both fired off shots at the start of the second period, the former's tipped over, the latter's ballooning high without any extra intervention.

But just before the hour-mark, Tottenham came to life.

It began with Eriksen dancing his way through Arsenal's defence, and while Cech blocked the Dane's angled finish, Alli was on hand to slot home his 17th league goal of the season.

Pochettino had barely stopped pumping his fists when Spurs doubled their lead, Gabriel sticking a lazy leg out to bring down Kane in the penalty area and the striker stepping up to to convert his sixth goal in five games against this opposition.

Tottenham smelt blood and soon went looking for a third. Jan Vertonghen's curling shot had to be palmed away by Cech and Arsenal were fortunate not to concede another penalty when Sanchez blocked Son's flick with his arm.

Toby Alderweireld sent Cech diving into the air again with a bullet header from a corner late on and Arsenal never looked like mounting a comeback.

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