Gunners are short on goals but have not strengthened up front while Spurs are stuck in a holding pattern over Harry Kane

After Tottenham had beaten Arsenal at home on Sunday in their friendly – which was not at all friendly, featuring bad tackles, five bookings and heated confrontations – something unusual happened. The new Spurs manager, Nuno EspĂ­rito Santo, and his players wandered around the pitch, waving at the fans, known these days as a lap of appreciation.

Were Spurs really doing this after a pre-season victory? In the moment, with the sun out briefly and supporters back in numbers, it felt a nice and natural thing to do; a reconnection. There was a warmth that went in both directions.

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