Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham: Gibbs saves a point for the Gunners

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  • Harry Kane scored his 3rd goal in 2 North London derbies
  • Kieran Gibbs scored first Premier League goal since March 24, 2012
  • Tottenham has won just one of its last 23 visits to Arsenal

Harry Kane continued to haunt Arsenal, but the Gunners saved a point thanks to a 77th minute equalizer by Kieran Gibbs, his first goal in any competition since October 23, 2014 and his first Premier League strike in 3-1/2 years.

Both sides showed an attacking purpose early on, but few chances fell in the first 20 minutes. There was little on goal for either side, but Spurs began to hold much of the possession, won by the high line employed by Mauricio Pochettino.

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Finally, there was some action on goal past the half-hour mark, and it resulted in a lead for the visitors. Danny Rose chipped a brilliant looping ball from his own half over the Arsenal back line, dropping it perfectly in front of Harry Kane that left him all alone on goal leaving Laurent Koscienly in his wake, and the England international didn’t miss for his third goal in two games against the Gunners.

The usual suspects were quiet for Arsenal in the first half, while their most important attacking contributions came from Joel Campbell. Halftime came and went, but the game didn’t change much. Arsenal had some half-chances using their pace,

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Finally, the Gunners woke up, and a moment of brilliance from Mesut Ozil brought them level. The German delivered a luscious ball for substitute Kieran Gibbs – on just three minutes earlier for Campbell –  and he touched home under pressure just inside the post to level things up in the 77th minute.

That set the Gunners alight, and they began to pummel Hugo Lloris‘s goal. A corner two minutes later produced a difficult chance for Olivier Giroud on the volley, but his scissor kick sent the ball just over. Neither side could produce a winner with tired legs, and it would end level.

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The point for Arsenal sent them even with Manchester City back atop the table on 26 points, despite the chance to overtake them with a win. The draw ends a five-game winning streak for the Gunners, but they still have not lost since mid-September.

Tottenham, meanwhile, draw even with West Ham on 21 points, jumping ahead of them into fifth on goal differential.