Tottenham finish ahead of Arsenal for sixth straight season to secure Champions League football | Soccer

Tottenham finish ahead of Arsenal for fifth straight season and secure Champions League football

Spurs avoided drama in the big win over Norwich City (Images: Reuters/Getty)

Tottenham finished up Arsenal for the sixth consecutive season after a 5-0 win over Norwich City on the final day of the Premier League season, securing Champions League football in the process.

Spurs went into the final game of the season needing just a draw against the already relegated Canary Islands as they held a significantly better goal difference compared to their north London rivals.

And it was just 16 minutes before Antonio Conte’s side took the lead on a dominant and drama-free afternoon, slicing aside Norwich with consummate ease to render Arsenal’s win over Everton irrelevant.

Tottenham finish ahead of Arsenal for sixth straight season and secure Champions League football

Dejan Kulusevski scored Spurs’ first goal in a big win (Image: Getty)

Spurs got off to a strong start against Norwich and should have taken an early lead when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg rushed in from close range, but they didn’t have to wait long for the breakthrough.

The Danish midfielder played a pass into the rear of Rodrigo Bentancur and the Uruguayan matched January counterpart Dejan Kulusevski, who scored his fourth Premier League goal since moving to north London.

Shortly before the half-hour Arsenal took the lead from the penalty spot in their own game; Gabriel Martinelli spotted a clear hand ball from Alex Iwobi and sent Asmir Begovic in the wrong direction.

Minutes later, the Gunners doubled their lead, this time from a corner, when Martinelli flicked at Bukayo Saka’s delivery and Eddie Nketiah bent down to deflect the ball into back net.

Moments later, Spurs had a second goal of their own after a terrible game from Norwich; Tim Krul tried to play from behind but passed straight to Bentancur and played a cross for the first time to Harry Kane, who headed into a virtually unguarded net.

Tottenham finish ahead of Arsenal for sixth straight season and secure Champions League football

Arsenal did their job and beat Everton 5-1 (Image: Getty)

Back in the Emirates, Donny van de Beek gave Donny van de Beek a goal just before half-time but a fantastic Cedric Soares strike just after the restart restored Arsenal’s two-goal lead.

Moments later, Mikel Arteta’s side took a 4-1 lead when a shattered shot from Cedric Gabriel found Magalhaes and the centre-back fired like a centre-forward and fired the ball into the bottom corner.

But any hopes of a Norwich comeback were dashed just after the hour mark when Kulusevski took a pass down the channel from Kane, sliced ​​inside and rolled an excellent performance into the top corner.

Son scored twice to bring his tally to 23 goals for the season (Image: Getty)

Son Heung-min then intervened and completed a good team move to draw level with Mohamed Salah for the golden boot before a stunning shot from the edge of the box saw him just wide of the Egyptian – until the Liverpool man netted late against Wolves.

Odegaard, meanwhile, scored a fine goal himself to make it 5-1 for Arsenal and rolled a superb left-footed shot into the far corner.

Ultimately, however, Arsenal’s efforts were in vain as Tottenham did their job at Carrow Road, sealing Champions League football for next season and meaning Arsenal have not finished above their rivals since 2016.

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