At half: Nerves reign in scoreless 45 minutes between Arsenal, Spurs

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Arsenal and Tottenham staged a nervous first 45 minutes of football in the season’s first North London derby between the two sides, and it’s 0-0 at halftime inside the Emirates Stadium.

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Jack Wilshere had an early chance when Aaron Ramsey pushed a ball ahead of him into the right side of the box, but the pass was a bit too far and Wilshere’s low shot was corralled by Hugo Lloris.

Twenty-three year-old Ryan Mason saw his first Premier League start in the match and, after scoring a League Cup goal earlier this week, didn’t look out of place.

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Danny Welbeck had a rip in the 21st minute that Lloris saved after it may’ve been slowed down a touch by a deflection.

An injury to Mikel Arteta meant Mathieu Flamini entered the match in the 29th minute. Two similar players, it didn’t dramatically affect what Arsenal wanted to do with the ball.

Mason had the chance right after the substitution, but his left-footed shot was caught by Wojciech Szczesny.

All-time North London derby goal scorer Emmanuel Adebayor butchered a chance in the 38th minute with an awkward touch deep inside the six, but the chance did lead to a corner.

A late corner almost led to a Per Mertesacker own goal, but his ‘header’ was snared by Szczesny, who made a great save on Alex Oxlader-Chamberlain moments later.

And then it was Spurs who bungled another chance, as Nacer Chadli hit a weak left-footed dribbler wide of the goal.

Aaron Ramsey left the game with injury in the 45th minute, with Santi Cazorla replacing him.

Lineups

Arsenal: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Arteta (Flamini, 29′), Ramsey (Cazorla, 45′), Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck

Subs: Ospina, Coquelin, Rosicky, Podolski, Alexis

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul (c), Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue, Mason; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Adebayor

Subs: Vorm, Dier, Fazio, Bentaleb, Lennon, Townsend, Soldado