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Harry Kane says he became obsessed with ‘proving Arsenal wrong’ after Gunners released him as a kid 

The Spurs striker netted his 100th Premier League goal at the weekend - but his career could've turned out very differently after he was released by Arsenal

Harry Kane just keeps scoring, doesn’t he?

The striker netted his 100th Premier League goal for Spurs on Sunday with his injury-time penalty in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool.

Largely considered one of the best centre-forwards in the world right now, Kane has been the linchpin of Spurs’ recent success since he made his first-team debut for the club in 2014.

But it all could’ve been very different when Spurs’ arch-rivals Arsenal released him back when he was just eight years old.


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The 24-year-old started his footballing journey playing in Arsenal’s academy, but was released after just one season before he was picked up by Spurs.

And in a tell-all interview with the Players’ Tribune, Kane says Arsenal’s rejection has always been his motivation.

Kane says he still has a chip on his shoulder

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Kane says he still has a chip on his shoulder

He said: “I remember the first time we played against Arsenal 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.’

Kane (bottom, left) played for the Gunners in his youth

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Kane (bottom, left) played for the Gunners in his youth

“Looking back on it now, it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me, because it gave me a drive that wasn’t there before.”


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Spurs host Arsenal on Saturday, and will be looking to avenge the 2-0 loss they suffered in November at the Emirates.

Kane scored twice against the Gunners in his first North London derby

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Kane scored twice against the Gunners in his first North London derby

Kane has scored six times against the Gunners so far in his career, including twice in his first North London derby back in February 2015.

Looking back on that game, Kane said: “We were in the tunnel, and I thought; ‘Okay, it 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.

The striker has six goals against the Gunners in total

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The striker has six goals against the Gunners in total

“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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