Comedian and Arsenal supporter Alan Davies says it kills Arsenal fans to watch Harry Kane keep scoring against the Gunners, and they need one of their own to come through.
Kane was famously in the Arsenal academy at one stage, but ended up at Tottenham, and has now scored six goals in six North London derbies. Though his recent efforts just have been penalties rather than wonder-goals, he’s still kept that record going.
Davies says that will bug Arsenal supporters, explaining to the Islington Gazette: “The Kane situation ‘kills’ Arsenal fans because he was at the club when he was nine and they let him go. You get the feeling we’ll be conceding goals in North London derbies to Harry Kane until we’re all dead.
“We all want to see Jack Wilshere back in the side and hopefully he can earn a place in the starting XI. I wish Alex Iwobi was playing too. To see the excitement against Norwich City in the League Cup when Eddie Nketiah came through and scored two goals – that is something.
“And that’s what Tottenham have with Kane. And there’s nothing quite like having one of your own come through and represent your club.”
In my experience, there’s no doubt that there’s something special about having one of your own players come through the ranks to the first-team.
We thought we had it with Cesc Fabregas, but it turned out he still had Barcelona at heart. Jack Wilshere has a committed group of fans, as do Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerín. Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah are starting to get the same.
Especially in the North London derbies, there’s more of a sense that your academy players know what it means. For most of their development, Arsenal-Spurs was one of the biggest games on the football calendar, they don’t need anyone to tell them how important it is for the fans.
Hopefully this weekend it’ll be Arsenal feeling the sense of pride in their youth products, not Tottenham.