Tottenham Hotspur claimed a vital 2-1 win over north London rivals Arsenal as they keep their hopes of European qualification alive.

Defender Toby Alderweireld was the hero for Spurs as he nodded a late corner home in N17 to send them up to eighth – six points behind fifth place Manchester United.

Tottenham stars celebrate their winner against Arsenal

Tottenham stars celebrate their winner against Arsenal

Jose Mourinho’s side had to come from behind against the Gunners, who took the lead through a thumping Alexandre Lacazette strike.

Heung-Min Son got the hosts level with a smart finish following a Sead Kolasinac error, but a pulsating game ensued.

Hugo Lloris, Emiliano Martinez, and the woodwork had plenty to do throughout in a game full of chances.

But just as it looked like Arsenal were taking control towards the end of the match, they were hit by Alderweireld’s flicked header and Spurs were able to ease to the win with some superb game management in north London.

Given the apparent crisis Spurs appeared to be in following their dismal 0-0 draw with Bournemouth, the victory will be a huge boon for all involved in N17 with plenty still to play for.

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Lucas Moura ensured Emiliano Martinez was awake and ready for the match with a fine shot early on as Arsenal stars dallied on the ball.

Spurs certainly started quicker than they did against Bournemouth and enjoyed plenty of the ball and Harry Kane almost put the hosts ahead after 10 minutes but the Argentine goalkeeper stopped his attempted lob.

Moments later there was a let off when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fluffed a shot following an excellent run down the right from Hector Bellerin.

The Gunners had been on the back foot but, after an error from Serge Aurier, Lacazette hammered a thunderous strike beyond compatriot Lloris.

Arsenal star Lacazette shoots to scores in the north London derby against Tottenham

Arsenal star Lacazette shoots to scores in the north London derby against Tottenham

The lead was short-lived though and it was another mistake as Sead Kolasinac’s pass went too far beyond David Luiz and South Korean ace Son was able to speed in and, with plenty still to do, take the ball wide and clip it over Martinez and into the net.

Ben Davies almost gave Tottenham the lead with half an hour on the clock when he slammed an effort on goal from long range but his strike rebounded back off the crossbar with Martinez getting a touch on the drive.

Even with seconds to go until the break both sides were aiming for a second with an end-to-end rally of chances.

Son celebrates his equaliser against Arsenal

Son celebrates his equaliser against Arsenal

The second period had a cagey start but Arsenal were beginning to take hold of the game, restricting Spurs to scruffy passing and missed tackles.

A Shkodran Mustafi overhead kick from the edge of the area did hit the target but Lloris was able to claim the ball safely on his line.

And minutes later a patient and well-worked move by the Gunners fed Aubameyang but the Gabonese ace could only fire his shot into the post.

Directly after the drinks break, Spurs could have struck but, after immense work from Kane, Son couldn’t slip the ball home from close range as Martinez held firm again.

Aubameyang shoots on goal

Aubameyang shoots on goal

Tired legs began to tell though, the pace of the game gone and players were soon able to dribble beyond opponents with ease.

Bellerin’s meandering strides saw a shot deflect into the path of Aubameyang and Lloris had to be alert to divert it past the post.

Almost immediately again, Lucas Moura’s pass found Kane and Martinez again was in the right place to deny the England captain.

From the resulting corner though, the goalkeeper could only offer a bounce of surrender as Son’s delivery from the left was glanced into the top corner by Belgium ace Alderweireld

Alderweireld celebrates his winner

Alderweireld celebrates his winner

Kane nearly put the gloss on the result but after he made a fool of the slipping and sliding Mustafi, his foe Martinez palmed a tame shot out to safety.

And Spurs were eventually able to see out the match and claim all three points.

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