Two goals in three minutes proved too much for Arsenal to handle in the last North London Derby to be played at White Hart Lane, with Tottenham emerging 2-0 winners.
The win also means Tottenham remain four points behind Chelsea with four games left to play, and keeps their title dreams alive. Not just this, but Tottenham finish above Arsenal for the first time in over 20 years.
Tottenham’s first half chances fell to Dele Alli, who headed wide of a gaping goal when put under pressure by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Christian Eriksen, who struck the bar when the ball fell for him kindly in the box.
Arsenal saw Aaron Ramsey’s effort tipped wide by Hugo Lloris and Alexis Sanchez curled an ambitious effort wide of the post.
The breakthrough came when some great link-up between Eriksen and Alli saw the former’s shot deflected by Petr Cech, and the young Englishman reacted first to volley home the rebound.
Just a couple of minutes later Harry Kane burst into the Arsenal box where he was caught by a dangling Gabriel tackle and felled in the area, leading to referee Michael Oliver awarding Spurs a penalty. The striker took it himself and placed it expertly into the far bottom-left corner to double the hosts’ lead.
Arsenal were unable to form any kind of comeback so Tottenham walked out comfortable victors.
The result means Pochettino is still unbeaten in North London Derbies with 2 wins and 4 draws under his belt. Tottenham are now 17 points above Arsenal, and have cemented their place in the top 4.
Mauricio Pochettino: “To be above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years is fantastic for our fans. It is fantastic for us too, but we want to win the title.
“It was a very important game and it was a complete performance. We were better in the second half, putting on more pressure and creating more chances. The race for the title is down to four points and we will see what will happen.”
Arsene Wenger: “We did lose the game in a very quick space of time, and after that it took us time to recover.
“Spurs deserved to win, we have to accept that and analyse it. It is very disappointing, but the target at the beginning of the season is not to finish above Spurs, it is to win the league.
“They deserve it. We have a cup final to play, we have to fight for a place back in the top four.
“We couldn’t afford to lose the game. We didn’t score, we didn’t score at Palace or West Brom. We have to play more and create more than we did.”
Tottenham’s season is essentially over, and they will count it as a successful one if not disappointed to not lift any silverware. There is the outside chance of winning the league, but it’s difficult to see Chelsea slipping up.
Arsenal on the other hand have a lot left to fight for, with the FA Cup and a top 4 place still up for grabs.
The future looks bright for Tottenham under Pochettino and will continue to fight Chelsea under the final day, and Arsenal will be hoping for an increase in momentum in the remaining games in the season.