Toby Alderweireld’s 81st-minute header sealed a 2-1 Premier League victory for Tottenham Hotspur against Arsenal in the first north London derby in their new stadium on Sunday.
The match appeared to be heading for a draw but Alderweireld claimed all three points for Spurs to move Jose Mourinho’s side above Arsenal into eighth place in the battle for local pride.
With three games left Tottenham have 52 points to Arsenal’s 50, but are seven points behind fourth-placed Leicester City.
Arsenal took the lead in spectacular fashion with Alexandre Lacazette’s 17th-minute pile-driver but they were pegged back almost immediately as Son Heung-min punished a defensive error.
Both sides were denied by the woodwork and Arsenal were in the ascendancy after the break before Tottenham’s strong finish sealed a third successive home win since the restart.
Here are John Cross’s player ratings from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium….
Hugo Lloris 6
Beaten from distance by Lacazette, not his fault and was fairly solid.
Serge Aurier 5
Booked. At fault on Arsenal ’s opener, right back is a real weak link for Spurs.
Toby Alderweireld 8
The late hero as his glancing header gave the home side a precious victory.
Davidson Sánchez 7
Strong, imposing and gave Aubameyang very few openings, surviving one scare.
Ben Davies 7
Booked. A 30 yard pile driver hit the crossbar, spectacular effort, well saved.
Moussa Sissoko 6
Bright start to the game but faded and did not get forward enough.
Harry Winks 7
Booked. Keeps the game ticking over, highly influential player in Spurs’ midfield.
Giovanni Lo Celso 6
Booked. Stupid yellow card for a hand off on Ceballos. Ill disciplined.
Lucas Moura 7
Nice link-up with his strikers, worked so hard in attack and tracking back.
Son Heung-min 8
MotM. Scored the equaliser, provided the assist for the winner, just edged it.
Harry Kane 7
Much sharper, better movement and caused problems. Dangerous.
Bergwijn, for Lucas, 82 mins
Skipp, for Lo Celso, 84 mins
Lamela, for Son, 90 mins
Emiliano Martínez 8
Terrific saves, reassuring presence for his defence, gets better with every game.
Shkodran Mustafi 6
The pick of Arsenal’s three centre halves again – even if he did get shaky later on.
David Luiz 5
Had a shocking start to the game, clumsy passing, poor marking and switched off.
Sead Kolasinac 5
Dreadful pass to Luiz in comedy of errors on Tottenham ’s equaliser. Not good enough.
Hector Bellerín 7
Good performance, energy and strength. This was Bellerin back towards his best.
Dani Ceballos 8
Was particularly good in the first half, ran the game and always got things going.
Granit Xhaka 7
Provided assist for Lacazette opener, worked hard and had excellent game.
Kieran Tierney 7
Solid and committed performer in defence but mixed fortunes going forward.
Nicolas Pépé 5
Booked. Inconsistent and a bit dozy at times, needs to do far more. Disappointing.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 6
Miscued on a big chance, hit the crossbar when he really should have scored.
Alexandre Lacazette 7
Booked. Scored a screamer to give Arsenal the lead, worked hard and pressed well.
Saka, for Pepe, 68 mins, 6
Cedric, for Bellerin, 84 mins
Willock, for Kolasinac, 84 mins
Nelson, for Tierney, 84 mins