The North London derby was billed as the battle of Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pre-match, and it’s a battle the Tottenham man won.
Before the game, Arsenal fans were excited that they finally might have a world class striker in the same bracket as the other big-six clubs. I certainly don’t think 90 minutes of football against Tottenham disproves that. Still, it was disappointing to see so little from the new signing.
Aubameyang didn’t have a single shot at Wembley in the end. In his defence, the one time he did get clear, the assisted incorrectly ruled him offside. After moving out onto the left, he couldn’t find a way into the match.
The Arsenal man also struggled to link up with his teammates, possibly as a result of how poor they all were. He only managed 56% pass accuracy, and couldn’t create any chances.
On the other side, Kane had four shots, three of which came in an impressive five minute spell early in the second half. He scored the winning goal with a header, and probably should’ve scored two more. He played more passes and found teammates with 74% of them.
The Tottenham striker also tracked back well at the end, winning a tackle and a free-kick. Although he wasn’t at his clinical best, Kane did enough to win this individual battle and the match.