What Poch said after Arsenal victory

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was full of praise for his players and the White Hart Lane faithful after the impressive 2-0 win against Arsenal.

Tottenham’s win ensured they would finish above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years and virtually assured the club Champions League football next season.

Just before the hour-mark, Tottenham came to life.

It began with Eriksen dancing his way through Arsenal’s defence, and while Cech blocked the Dane’s angled finish, Alli was on hand to slot home his 17th league goal of the season.

Pochettino had barely stopped pumping his fists when Spurs doubled their lead, Gabriel sticking a lazy leg out to bring down Kane in the penalty area and the striker stepping up to to convert his sixth goal in five games against this opposition.

Tottenham smelt blood and soon went looking for a third. Jan Vertonghen’s curling shot had to be palmed away by Cech and Arsenal were fortunate not to concede another penalty when Sanchez blocked Son’s flick with his arm.Pochettino said: “It was a fantastic afternoon.

“I’m very happy for the players and our fans. To win against Arsenal in the last derby at White Hart Lane, it was so emotional for everyone.

“We tried to repay all the effort from the fans and the energy they gave us. But the most important thing was to keep the gap with Chelsea.

“I can understand our fans being excited about finishing above Arsenal, but I don’t feel the same because for me it is about trying to win the title.

“It is so important now to try and win trophies every season – that is our aim.

“I think we are still in the race. It’s true that it will be difficult but we will see what happens.”

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