Gunners fight back as Spurs run out of steam

Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR had to be content with a share of the spoils as chief-rivals Arsenal recovered a two-goal deficit in what was a pulsating North London derby at the Emirates Stadium. 

Spurs looked on course to record historically their 65th derby success over the Gunners. Christain Eriksen picked up the pieces to open the scoring from close range, this after Bernd Leno had failed to properly deal with Erik Lamela’s low drive.

Leno made amends for his error with a string of fine saves. However, Arsenal’s problems deepened. Granit Xhaka provided a moment of madness, recklessly challenging Henug-Min Son – Harry Kane emphatically firing home the resulting spot-kick.

But Tottenham’s afternoon was to unravel. Alexandre Lacazette crashed home on the stroke of half-time, setting up a stirring second period which was largely dominated by the home side.

It came as no surprise when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cleverly directed an exquisite David Luiz pass beyond Hugo Lloris to earn Arsenal a point, which was no more than they deserved for their toil.

Speaking after the game, Spurs skipper, Kane, explained: “I feel like we’re coming off disappointed. We expect to see the game out. The goal hurt us with momentum just before the break. It was an end-to-end game, especially last ten-fifteen minutes but the players left everything on the pitch.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal boss, Unai Emery, was extremely pleased with what he saw, enthusing: “Obviously, after 2-0 we can be very proud of our response, the atmosphere we created and how our supporters pushed us to this way after our goal to get the second goal and have chances to score the third.

Spurs return to action after the international break, facing Crystal Palace at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, September 16 (3pm). In the meantime, on Tuesday, September 3 Tottenham’s under 23 side travel to Portman Road to face Ipswich Town in a Trophy tie (7:45pm). 

Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Papastathopoulos, David Luiz, Kolasinac, Torreira (Ceballos 63’), Xhaka, Guendouzi, Pépé, Lacazette (Mkhitaryan 67’), Aubameyang Subs not used: Özil, Chambers, Nelson, Martínez, Willock

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Alderweireld, D Sánchez, Vertonghen, Rose, Sissoko, Winks, Lamela (Alli 60’), Eriksen, Heung-Min Son (Lo Celso 79’), Kane Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Lucas Moura, Skipp, Davies

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Attendance: 60,333

Brian Jeeves