Beating Arsenal is in my DNA – Harry Kane

Beating Arsenal is ‘in Harry Kane’s DNA’! Bayern Munich star explains why he’ll ‘always have a point’ to prove against Arsenal ahead of the crucial Champions League quarter-final second leg.

Harry Kane says he is always motivated to score against Arsenal because he wants to prove them wrong for releasing him as a youth player.

Kane was a perennial thorn in Arsenal’s side while at north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 14 goals in 19 games versus the Gunners. He improved on that record last week, when he scored in a 2-2 Champions League quarter-final draw with his new team, Bayern Munich, in London.

Harry Kane Tottenham 2023-24

Kane has scored more goals against only two teams: Everton and Leicester, and he acknowledges that being released by Arsenal as a nine-year-old is a major element in his desire to score anytime he faces them.

Kane told The Telegraph: “We played them at least twice a year for the last 10 years [with Tottenham] and it was always a big occasion, big moment. Maybe it was in the back of my mind, being released from a young age, and there is always a point to prove.


“I am the type of player who, throughout my career, has had points to prove along the way. I don’t think that ever leaves you. It will always be in my DNA, until I retire. There will always be a reason to prove someone wrong or to prove myself I can do something.

“I don’t think specifically back to that and think ‘I was released when I was nine years old, I really have to make a difference tomorrow.’ Now I am at Bayern Munich it is about being a top team in the Champions League. Of course I have history with them [Arsenal], but all I can do is try to help Bayern Munich.”

The 30-year-old will hope to add even more goals to his record against his old rivals when Bayern host Mikel Arteta’s team in the second leg of their European tie this week. The two teams play the return fixture in Munich on Wednesday.

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