Spurs star Kane hits back at diving claims

Spurs star Kane hits back at diving claims

Defender Vertonghen played in Spurs' 2-2 north London derby draw with Arsenal after being left out of the squad for their opener against Aston Villa and then on the bench for their following two games.

"When you go 2-0 up you expect to win whoever you are playing".

Arsenal never gave up when they went 2-0 down and you could see from the body language of the players that they believed they would claw the two-goal deficit back and that is exactly what they did.

Bernd Leno got a weak hand to Lamela's effort and palmed the ball into the grateful path of the onrushing Eriksen to tap home.

Aubameyang drew Arsenal level with 20 minutes remaining as he prodded home Guendouzi's perfectly weighted through ball and Lloris had to be at his best to keep out a long-range Xhaka shot.

The latter, which saw Xhaka inexplicably clatter into Son Heung-min to give away a first half-penalty, was described by Gary Neville as "madness" and "disgraceful" by Graeme Souness.

It finished 2-2 and Eriksen completed all 90 minutes.

"The (Lacazette) goal hurt us with momentum just before the break".

However, Leno was helpless to stop Kane continuing his excellent record in the north London derby from the penalty spot after a ludicrous challenge by Granit Xhaka to clearly chop down Son inside the area.

"I was a little bit anxious about the situation, because we knew very well what was going on", he said.

Arsenal, though, were the side in the ascendancy and got their reward with an equaliser. Arsenal's Sokratis Papastathopoulos had a goal ruled out for offside while Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko spurned a last-gasp chance in a thrilling finale by blasting over the bar.

It made for a pretty awkward 30 seconds as Kane attempted to defend his actions and claim that it should have been given.

Former Arsenal and Spurs defender Sol Campbell added: 'I feel, when you get within the field, clearly the ahead is in management so you've got to be watch out.

"As a striker, if it is on halfway (line) it is a definite foul".

"I am optimistic, happy".

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