- Arsenal went ahead on an own-goal
- Harry Kane scored from the spot on his return
- Spurs draw again as Gunners concede top spot
The Gunners looked more desperate to win it, but things finished even in a testy North London Derby from the Emirates as a Harry Kane penalty just after halftime cancelled out a Kevin Wimmer own-goal minutes before the break. Both sides smacked the post once as well, in a game deserving of a draw.
Arsenal had openings early, but the offside flag proved a worthy foe. Neither team backed down physically, as expected, and Kevin Wimmer picked up the game’s first yellow card just six minutes in as he sent Francis Coquelin airborne. Spurs also forced the Gunners into some last-ditch defending. A cross in for Harry Kane from the left was deflected just before reaching him in the opening 10 minutes, and he headed one just wide on 21 minutes.
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The best chance yet came just past the half-hour mark on the counter for Arsenal. A fizzing cross from Danny Rose was blocked, and it sent the Gunners away, with Alex Iwobi on the final ball but his weak shot was saved low by Hugo Lloris.
Theo Walcott nearly opened the scoring with a beautiful strike from just outside the box on 39 minutes, but just missed by inches, smacking the top right corner of the bar with Lloris beaten. The rebound fell to Mesut Ozil, but his off-balance volley skied well over.
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The opener came just minutes before halftime, as a foul by Moussa Dembele left the Gunners with a dangerous free-kick outside the box, and swung in beautifully by Ozil, Kevin Wimmer got a head to it under heavy pressure, but put it in his own net looking to nod it behind. Replays showed a number of Arsenal players may have been offside on the delivery, but the goal stood.
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Spurs went level after just six minutes after the break. Laurent Koscielny spilled Moussa Dembele at the top edge of the box, and Harry Kane slotted it home for his first goal since his last Premier League appearance on September 18th. Spurs could have gone into the lead minutes later as a long ball for Heung-Min Son fell instead at the feet of Christian Eriksen, but his shot was well saved by Petr Cech.
The visitors had yet another big chance at the hour mark as a Rose cross from the left crossed the face of goal to Kane at the far post, but Nacho Monreal made a vital tackle to keep the striker from doubling his tally. Hugo Lloris was forced to make an important smothering save on Ozil after a host of Arsenal changes saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud make their way on.
Spurs looked happy to kill as much time as possible, satisfied to see this out with a fourth straight Premier League draw. But then, with seven minutes left, a free-kick in from Eriksen nearly found its way in, missing all targets and clanging the far post. To pile on Spurs’ injury problems, Kyle Walker was forced off, replaced by Kieran Trippier. Giroud had one big chance in added time, but he headed straight at Lloris.
Arsenal will be most disappointed with the draw, as they lose pace at the top of the table and open the door for Liverpool. However, Spurs also may feel aggrevied, as they slump to their fourth straight draw in Premier League play, now four points off the top thanks mostly to slip-ups by others at the top.