Harry Kane says Arsenal's struggles motivate Tottenham in title race
LONDON -- Harry Kane says Tottenham are motivated by Arsenal's struggles, ahead of one of the most significant North London derbies in history.
Second-place Spurs host their neighbours on Saturday knowing a win would move them six points clear in the title race, significantly denting Arsenal's hopes of a first Premier League crown since 2004 and leaving Spurs with a golden chance to finish as the top dog in North London for the first time since 1995.
The North London clubs have played their last two league matches simultaneously and while both lost on Wednesday -- Spurs at West Ham and Arsenal at home to Swansea -- Spurs beat the Swans last Sunday as the Gunners lost 3-1 at Manchester United.
Kane says news of Arsenal's struggles was a motivating factor in Spurs' last match at the Lane and he is hoping to further repay the fans for their support on Saturday.
"The fans have been amazing -- the atmosphere was unbelievable [against Swansea]. You see when the Arsenal scoreline comes up and everyone has a big roar and it's important. You feel that energy around the stadium. We are doing all we can to give the fans back what they want to see," Kane said.
Leicester and Manchester City also dropped points midweek and Kane was keen to focus on Spurs, adding: "Obviously the teams around us, the more they lose and the more we win, it's going to be better for us -- whether it's Arsenal, City or Leicester.
"But we know what we've got to do. We've got to keep winning games.
"It's what we want to be doing. At the start of the season, it was just to be trying to get into the top four but now that we're close, it's just taking each game as it comes and seeing what happens. We feel we can beat anyone in the league and we've been showing that in these last few weeks, so we don't fear anyone."
Spurs will again be without Jan Vertonghen on Saturday, while Mousa Dembele is a doubt, but they have coped admirably without the Belgian duo in recent weeks, winning six consecutive league games before Wednesday's blip at Upton Park.
Kane believes Spurs' young squad -- which contains just one player over 30 -- is only going to get better and he praised their strength in depth.
"We've got a great squad," he continued. "Everyone is in it together and we know what we can achieve and we've just go to keep doing what we're doing. It's another year on that we are working hard, we're another year older and more experienced.
"We've got great depth. We've got players that have got ability. They're a great bunch of lads. Obviously, sometimes you can be annoyed if you are on the bench and not playing but everyone ready and waiting to take their chance to try to prove that they should be starting.
"So when players come off the bench and make a difference, that's all that's important. And we've got a lot of players that can step in if players get injured. We are all moving in the right direction."
Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.