Mark Halsey on the North London derby: Arsenal got lucky over Harry Kane incident but VAR right not to rule out any of the goals

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Arsenal were lucky Tottenham were not awarded a penalty when Ben White clipped Harry Kane on the edge of the box on 55 minutes.

I thought it was a clear foul and I was very surprised that referee Craig Pawson didn’t give it.

VAR will have reviewed the incident and felt Kane was already going down – but irrespective of that the Tottenham striker was still caught late by Ben White.

If the penalty had been given on field I think it is very unlikely that it would have been overturned.

Spurs were also unhappy in the build up to the Gunners’ second goal due to Granit Xhaka’s contact on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

It was checked by VAR and I was comfortable that it wasn’t a foul because it was normal contact.

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Former Premier League and FIFA referee Mark Halsey is a columnist for

For me, it wasn’t enough to penalise and wasn’t a clear and obvious error by Pawson for VAR to overturn.

When Tottenham pulled a goal back, there was an instant review because Xhaka had been taken out by Lucas Moura in the build up.

But it was correct for Spurs’ goal to stand because replays showed that it was a Thomas Partey foul on Moura that took him bundling into the Arsenal man.

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  1. What is the fuse about this winning is it the first time or is spurs ahead of Arsenal head to head people are reacting as if spurs has won laurels more than Arsenal if not some set back Spurs are no March to Arsenal even there old players know what I’m talking I can even say that its present Spurs players that are doing well than there older generation players all I know that now that our back four are trying to tidy the defense let’s if they can solidify it that is why we need William Saliba because if white is not playing it will not have effect and if he is not playing it will still not have effect in the other areas I think we are coming good of the players like Odegaard Bukayo Smith Rowe Pepe Sambi Lokonga Kirrian Tienery Nuno Gab.Mattineli Gab. Mahalle White, Saliba Takehiro Ramsdale Folarin Balgun Eddy Nketiah plus other academies that coming up in the next two or three years Arsenal will rule the premiership our ladies have started to pull the trigger with the guide of the senior players our boys will come good with proper coaching system.

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