Published: 14:17 | 6/11/16

Arsenal and Spurs end all-level at The Emirates


Arsenal and Tottenham have settled for a share of the spoils after an entertaining and absorbing 1-1 Premier League north-London derby at The Emirates.

The Gunners somewhat undeservedly took the lead just prior to half-time when Kevin Wimmer’s first league appearance of the season saw him head into his own net.

But Spurs levelled after the break when Harry Kane put home a spot kick after Mousa Dembele was tripped in the Gunners area.

Both sides had chances to win it but neither could find the requisite quality in the final third.

Arsenal sit fourth, and Spurs fifth, in the table following the clash.

Tottenham set themselves up with three centre-backs in the tie, allowing Danny Rose and Kyle Walker the chance to bomb forward whenever the opportunity presented itself from early on and got into Arsenal’s faces early on with Victor Wanyama sitting deep and Son Heung-Min testing the Arsenal defence with an early shot across the face of goal that Kane just failed to latch onto.

Spurs had a major chance before the half hour. Eriksson looped a low cross into the Gunners box where Kane stopped to head towards the nets with his effort whistling just wide.

Arsene Wenger was pacing his technical area at this point in frustration as his side were being dominated both in terms of possession and chances with Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs implementing their gameplan with far more efficiency.

Arsenal finally got a first chance of their own ten minutes before the break with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil combining to release Alex Iwobi on the left of the area. His shot from 15 yards well saved by Hugo Lloris in nets.

But the game turned on that chance as Arsenal took the lead three minutes before the break. Ozil whipped a free-kick into the Spurs area where Wimmer attempted to clear and instead headed the ball into his own net.

Spurs scarcely deserved to be behind at the break and they got their deserved equaliser six minutes after the restart. Dembele burst into the Gunners area where Laurent Koscielny clearly tripped him and up stepped Kane to bury the spot kick down the middle to level matters.

And the visitors should have been ahead minutes later. Eriksson claimed a loose ball 12 yards out and fired low and left with Peter Cech getting down instinctively to push away.

The game was all to play for at this stage and opened up. Spurs had a further chance when Kane got on the end of a Rose cross to the centre, but he could only direct the ball sideways for Nacho Monreal to clear when the open goal was gaping.

Arsenal went up the other end and had a pop of their own. Iwobi played into the area from a short corner with Granit Xhaka breaking the line to get to it but just missing his connection and Lloris diverting wide. With their tails up the Gunners forced another chance with a quarter or an hour or so remaining. Sanchez sliced open the Spurs defence with a through ball and Ozil got on the end of it to fire at goal with Lloris pushing the effort wide.

Hector Bellerin was next to have a pop for the home side as he unleashed from ten yards out, only for Eric Dier to block and take the venom out of the ball as it came gently enough to the waiting Lloris.

With just over five minutes left of normal time Spurs almost nicked it against the run of play. Erkisson whipped in a free from wide left and the ball ran across the face of goal untouched before hitting the woodwork and bouncing out.

The last major chance to break the deadlock came to Arsenal. Sanchez lifted a ball into the Spurs area and Olivier Giroud got a head to it only to direct straight at Lloris.

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