Match Report – Arsenal 2 – 2 Tottenham

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Match Report - Arsenal 2 - 2 Tottenham

Jack Wilkinson


Report and highlights as Spurs cling on for point after surrendering half-time lead at the Emirates for the second season running

Last Updated: 01/09/19 6:53pm


Highlights from Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham in the Premier League

Highlights from Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham in the Premier League

Arsenal came from two goals down to salvage a point as a pulsating north London derby with Tottenham ended 2-2 at the Emirates on Super Sunday.

Spurs raced into a two-goal lead inside 40 minutes thanks Christian Eriksen’s early tap-in and Harry Kane’s clinical penalty, after Granit Xhaka mindless lunge on Heung-min Son in the area.

But Alexandre Lacazette sparked the Gunners’ fightback in first-half stoppage-time before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opportunistic finish levelled the contest with 20 minutes remaining.

Arsenal went in search of a winner and thought they had it when Sokratis bundled the ball home on 80 minutes, but a VAR review found Sead Kolasinac to be offside in the build-up, and Spurs escaped with a point.

How Spurs let derby slip

Arsenal lined up with Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Lacazette in attack for the very time and made all of the early running, with Pepe firing the first chance over with barely two minutes of the clock.

But Spurs struck with their very first attack, the recalled Eriksen presented with the simplest of tap-ins after Erik Lamela’s drive proved too hot for Bernd Leno to handle in the Arsenal goal.

Tottenham celebrate Christian Eriksen's opener at the Emirates

Tottenham celebrate Christian Eriksen’s opener at the Emirates

If Leno was at fault for Spurs’ opener, he more than made amends with two saves as the visitors threatened to run riot on the counter, keeping hold of Eriksen’s curler on the quarter-hour before producing a sublime fingertip save to tip Son’s whipped effort around the post.

Pepe thought he had hauled Arsenal level on 23 minutes when he got on the end of Aubameyang’s cross to the back post, but Danny Rose had other ideas, heading the Frenchman’s goal-bound header behind for a corner.

Arsenal gifted Spurs the chance to double their lead on 39 minutes when Xhaka’s reckless and ridiculous lunge on Son gave referee Martin Atkinson no option but to point to the spot. And up stepped Kane, who ruthlessly fired home from 12 yards to become the north London derby’s all-time top scorer with his 10th goal in the fixture.

Alexandre Lacazette grabbed Arsenal a lifeline in first-half stoppage-time

Alexandre Lacazette grabbed Arsenal a lifeline in first-half stoppage-time

But just when it seemed Arsenal’s worst nightmares were becoming a reality, they pulled one back. Appeals for a Rose handball in the area unsettled the Spurs defence and the Gunners capitalised as Pepe picked out Lacazette, and he strode into the area and finished clinically past Hugo Lloris at his near post.

Spurs relinquished a 2-1 half-time lead in last season’s corresponding fixture and Arsenal threw everything at their north London rivals to conjure up a repeat.

Lloris brilliantly tipped Matteo Guendouzi’s drive behind on 56 minutes and, from the resulting corner, Lacazette’s near-post flick found Sead Kolasinac a yard out, but with the goal at his mercy, he turned the ball wide.

The Emirates breathed a collective sigh of relief on the hour as Kane’s swerving drive cannoned off the inside of the post, while substitute Dani Ceballos almost made an immediate impact when his dipping shot drew a fingertip save from Lloris.

But Arsenal finally found the breakthrough they were looking for as Aubameyang drifted in between the Spurs centre-back and diverted Guendouzi’s shot past the wrong-footed Lloris.

The Emirates erupted 10 minutes from time when Sokratis stole a march on Rose at the back post to bundle home Kolasinac’s cross, but the linesman’s decision to rule it out for offside was confirmed by VAR, as both sides settled for a share of the spoils.

Opta statsTottenham have dropped 42 points from winning positions in the Premier League against Arsenal; 11 more than any against any other side in the competition.Arsenal have lost just one of their last 27 Premier League home games against Tottenham (W15 D11 L1), a 2-3 loss in November 2010 after being two goals ahead.Tottenham are winless in their last eight away league games (D2 L6), last enduring such a run on the road between December 2011-April 2012 (also eight games).Since his Premier League debut in August 2016, no player has conceded more penalties in the competition than Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka (5).What’s next?

Arsenal return to action away at Watford on Renault Super Sunday on September 15 – live on Daily Week Sports Premier League (Kick-off 4.30pm).

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Spurs return from the international break a day earlier, with Crystal Palace the visitors at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 14 (3pm).

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