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Harry Kane has revealed that he treasures memories of Tottenham Hotspur’s wins over Arsenal, and says his screamer in 2016 led to one of the most raucous atmospheres he can remember, per PA via FourFourTwo.
The England captain has an exceptional record against the Gunners, scoring nine times in nine Premier League outings.
The two sides will meet again this weekend, with both looking to bounce back from defeats; Arsenal lost 3-1 to Liverpool last time out, while Spurs were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle United.
Kane has only ever failed to score in one north London derby in the league since his debut – the 2-0 defeat in 2017-18. In his very first taste of the game, he scored twice, including a dramatic late headed winner.
Indeed, one of his best goals came in the 2-2 draw in 2016, as he cut in from the left flank to send a magnificent effort into the top corner.
And he says that, while that goal may have sent White Hart Lane into raptures, all that matters to him are the three points.
He said: “My first-ever game against them was the biggest highlight.
“White Hart Lane, being 1-0 down, and scoring two in the second half and the header in the 89th minute.
“To do that and win the game made it more special.
“The goal at White Hart Lane when I cut in off the flank and bent it in was a very special moment in terms of the atmosphere. I’d never heard White Hart Lane that loud and that energetic.
“But the most important memories are the wins. Whenever we can beat them that’s always the highlight.”
Spurs haven’t won at The Emirates since 2010, when they came from 2-0 down to 3-2 under the management of Harry Redknapp.
In the games since, Spurs have lost five times, including a 4-2 defeat last season, and drawn on three occasions.
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If they are to end that hoodoo, they will need Kane to be at his very best.
Against Newcastle and Manchester City this season he has cut an isolated figure up front.
He will have to improve if Spurs are to avoid a second successive defeat but he has shown in the past that he simply adores playing against the Gunners.