Harry Kane insists that his penalty against Arsenal on Sunday was deserved.
- Wenger thinks Kane dived for ‘soft’ penalty
- Kane stands by penalty decision
- Player has scored 6 pens this season – 2 have been against Arsenal
Minutes after Eric Dier had put Spurs 1-0 ahead at White Hart Lane, Kane ‘fell over’ Gabriel’s leg in the box, dragging his foot over the Arsenal centre-back in order to win a penalty.
Arsene Wenger, as well as most of the Goonerverse, reckons it was a clear dive and not a penalty, although many also acknowledged that Gabriel shouldn’t have given the renowned diver a chance to go down in the area.
“Yes (it was a dive),” Wenger said after the 2-0 loss.
“We conceded straight away a soft penalty and the 2-0 was a shock.
“You could see we were affected by that and Spurs looked more dangerous than before. We did lose the game in a very quick space of time, and after that it took us time to recover.”
Kane, on the other hand, of course stands by the opinion that he didn’t dive at all, saying, “It was a pen for me, I had one earlier in the season and went down the middle so that’s why Cech stayed there.
“He (Gabriel) clipped me and I went down, it was a foul. It is nice and good for the fans, an added bonus to what was a great day.”
The striker described beating Arsenal during the last North London Derby as ‘incredible’.
“We obviously wanted to finish the last North London Derby at the Lane on a high note and we done that,” he said.
“It was fantastic today from the back all the way forward.
“We worked hard. We out-worked them, we created the better chances and we probably should have had a couple more in that first half.
“What a day!”