Kane’s ingrained dislike for Arsenal

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Dom Le Roy

Harry Kane has admitted to having a “chip on his shoulder” about being released by Arsenal as a youngster, however he does say the decision was the “best thing that ever happened”.

Kane was released by Arsenal’s academy when he was eight years old and the England international then remained patient after being picked up by Tottenham, before breaking into the first team in 2014 before going on to become Europe’s top goalscorer last year.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s north London derby at Wembley, Kane in an interview with The Players’ Tribune said: “I remember the first time we played against Arsenal [for Tottenham’s academy] and even back then, I had a chip on my shoulder.It might sound ridiculous. I was only eight when they let me go, but every time we played them, I thought: ‘Alright, we’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong’.

He added: “Looking back on it now, [being released by Arsenal] was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because it gave me a drive that wasn’t there before.”

The article goes on to describe how Kane has scored six times in as many matches against Arsenal for Spurs, including twice on his first appearance against the Gunners, a game Kane reflected on saying: “We were in the tunnel, and I thought: ‘Okay took me 12 years, but we’ll see who was right and who was wrong’.I scored two that day, and the winner in the 86th minute was something that I’d never even dream of visualising before a match.

Kane added: “It was a header – probably the best header I’ve ever scored – and that feeling when it hit the back of the net, I’ve never felt a rush like that in my whole career.”
“I remember walking round the pitch after the final whistle and clapping to the fans and it felt like: ‘well, I told you so’.”

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  1. Terrible article. 8 years old and released, so what??? How do you know when someone’s 8!. Had he stayed at arsenal he’d have won more than he will ever win at Tottenham, even though this is the worst arsenal team we’ve had in years.

    • Fred you are a sad and twisted fool you support a club that has never won the right to play in the top league the only one FACT Arse were voted in with a large hint of money changing hands check the facts that is why your club is so hated Arse got voted in after finishing 6th in the 2nd division how do you think that happend ? how were they allowed to move from south London to north London ? also not allowed by the league at that time a club run by crooks have a nice day

  2. Poor sad fred the only bit of light relief from the dread that is being a gooner is to read and write on a tottenham fan website bless him sounds like a secret spurs fan if you ask me LOL

  3. It looked like being the winner as well but then, after Virgil van Dijk was adjudged to have fouled Erik Lamela, Kane stepped up to redeem himself. Following his earlier miss, Tottenham’s talisman shrugged off the pressure to send Karius the wrong way to make the score 2-2 on the day and, in his personal duel with Salah to be this season’s Premier League top scorer, 22-21 to Kane. Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and winger Raheem Sterling would appear to be the leading candidates in the battle to be crowned Footballer of this Year, but Salah and Kane are pushing them close. And if City’s incredible season sees voting diluted further among Pep Guardiola’s players, Kane or Salah could sneak through and win the prize. Mohamed Salah scored twice for Liverpool but Harry Kane’s late goal ensured Tottenham claimed a point.


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