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Three Things we learned from the North London Derby

Tottenham deserved their 2-1 victory over Arsenal, making it four wins out of seven at White Hart Lane against their bitter rivals. Here are the THREE Things we learned from the North London Derby:

Kane for England

Kane now has more goals in all competitions than any other Premier League player (21). Say what you want about the striker’s cumbersome style but the simple fact is: Kane scores goals.

This will not have been lost on Roy Hodgson. With Daniel Sturridge only just returning from injury and Wayne Rooney being deployed in midfield, Harry Kane is providing an argument for being the first name on the England team sheet; never mind just getting in the squad.

Ospina is not the answer

David Ospina was again given the chance between his sticks for the Gunners due to Wojciech Szczesny’s apparent inability to spark up, even in the team showers. However, the goalkeeper’s performance in the first half was enough to suggest that he offers no kind of long-term solution.

This was in stark contrast to his opposite number, Hugo Lloris, who didn’t put a foot wrong:

Referees are not robots

In his commentary for BT Sport, Michael Owen pointed the finger at Martin Atkinson, and his team of officials, for not spotting that Mesut Ozil was technically offside for Arsenal’s opening goal. How any human being was supposed to spot that the German’s foot was marginally in front of Dier’s at the exact moment that Giroud shot is beyond comprehension.

Referees should be expected to perform like any other professionals but this kind of microscopic analysis doesn’t do anyone any favours.  

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