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 By Ben Pearce

Harry Kane gives class performance for Tottenham vs. Arsenal

It was billed as the biggest North London derby in Premier League history -- and arguably beyond -- and the title showdown between Tottenham and Arsenal justified the hype as the momentum swung like a pendulum in a four-goal encounter that ended 2-2.

Spurs dominated the first half-hour but failed to capitalise, and it was Arsenal who went into the break with the lead after scoring with their first shot on target, courtesy of Aaron Ramsey's flick.

But Francis Coquelin was sent off after the interval, and the hosts turned the game on its head with two goals in three minutes, through Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane, who maintained his impressive scoring record against the Gunners in some style.

Yet Spurs were unable to finish the job and Alexis Sanchez's 76th-minute strike meant honours were shared.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have to view the result as two points dropped, having also lost a lead at the Emirates in November's 1-1 draw, although they remain three points clear of their great rivals. The winners, again, were Leicester.

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Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Hugo Lloris, 6 -- Given his high standards, the Spurs captain may feel he should have done better with Sanchez's leveller, having got a hand to it but failed to touch it round the post. The ball was skidding on the wet surface, though.

DF Kyle Walker, 6 -- Got into space on a number of occasions and was sometimes underused. A driven cross created a first-half chance for Erik Lamela and he sent a 20-yard shot at Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina in the second period, but for every positive moment there was a wasteful delivery.

DF Toby Alderweireld, 7 -- Allowed Danny Welbeck to get in behind him in the build-up to Arsenal's opener but kept his cool to drive home the equaliser.

DF Kevin Wimmer, 6 -- Unable to stop Sanchez from equalising as the ball was played past him, but made a crucial sliding tackle on Ramsey late in the game, denying the Gunners a likely winner.

DF Danny Rose, 6 -- Looked lively going forward but his end product sometimes let him down. Bravely blocked a shot from Hector Bellerin in the second half but, unfortunately, Sanchez struck moments later.

MF Eric Dier, 7 -- Helped Spurs to dominate the first half-hour, recycling the ball quickly and keeping the hosts on the front foot, while he saw a shot saved at 2-1. But he was also lucky to avoid a second booking after tugging Olivier Giroud back.

MF Mousa Dembele, 7 -- The Belgian's return was a real boost and he offered his usual strength and poise in midfield, despite presumably not being fully fit and being withdrawn inside the final 10 minutes.

MF Christian Eriksen, 7 -- Sharp on the ball and a key man as Spurs outmanoeuvred their visitors for the first half hour, while he tested Ospina on a number of occasions. The Dane could have done better with his chance late in injury-time and been the hero, but he was under pressure as he fired wide of the near post.

MF Dele Alli, 7 -- Not at his best due to his recent ankle injury but did well to control Rose's chipped pass and send a deflected volley wide before cleverly setting up Kane's goal, keeping the ball in play in the left corner and backheeling it past Per Mertesacker to his teammate.

MF Erik Lamela, 7 -- Worked very hard, refusing to let Arsenal's players have any time on the ball and winning it back a few times. The Argentine also had Spurs' best chance of the first-half, drawing a fine reflex save from Ospina. But he was also booked and continued to fly into tackles, causing some nervy moments before he was taken off in the 67th minute.

FW Harry Kane, 8 -- Set his sights with a few early attempts and scored a fine goal, his fourth in three games against Arsenal. The striker also drew the challenge that earned the clumsy Coquelin his second booking and went close with a low effort after spinning in the box.

With his score on Saturday, Harry Kane now has four goals in his past three Premier League matches versus Arsenal.


MF Ryan Mason, 6 -- Replaced Lamela after 67 minutes and saw a shot deflected wide but didn't really do enough, given Spurs were ahead and Arsenal were down to 10 men when he entered the fray.

DF Ben Davies, NR -- Came on in place of Rose with 12 minutes left and had little time to make an impact.

MF Heung-Min Son, NR -- Gave Spurs some fresh legs after replacing Dembele eight minutes from time.

Ben is ESPN FC's Tottenham blogger. Follow on Twitter: @BenPearceSpurs.


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