Arsenal failed to capitalize on Manchester City’s slip a day before after they could only draw against neighbours – Tottenham Hotspur in the first North London Derby of the season.
Arsenal went ahead after Kevin Wimmer headed Mesut Ozil’s free kick past Hugo Lloris into his own net before a ‘soft penalty’ converted by Harry Kane gave Spurs the equalizer.
Harry Kane, who just returned from a 7-week layoff, got Spurs clearest chance of the first half but couldn’t direct his header towards goal. Christian Eriksen was given too much space at the top of the box, his dangerous cross to the box was flicked narrowly wide to the back post by Kane.
Arsenal’s chances in the first half fell to Iwobi whose tame shot was easily gathered by Lloris; Alexis Sanchez who volleyed Ozil’s ball high into the stands; Theo Walcott whose shot struck the bar into the path of Ozil who could only send his rebound over the bar.
Arsenal got the lead they deserve in the 42 mins when referee Clattenburg pulled game back to award them a free kick for a foul committed earlier on Bellerin. Ozil’s teasing cross was headed into the net by Kevin Wimmer to give Arsenal a 1 – 0 lead they took into half time.
The second half began with Tottenham determined to level the game. Son had a good chance to run into space down the flank. He nutmegged Koscielny, but before he can take the crucial touch inside the area, Bellerin slid to put the ball into safety.
In the 48th minute however, Moussa Dembele’s surge into the area was stopped by Laurent Koscielny stupidly and the referee awarded a penalty. Harry Kane sent the penalty into the middle with Cech diving the wrong way and with that, netted his 5th North London Derby goal.
Both sides kept getting at each other in an attempt to get the winner but that was not to be. Cech saved well from Erikssen before the Dane hit the crossbar in the 82nd minute. Granit Xhaka couldn’t get his head on to an Iwobi cross. The series of crosses sent into the Spurs area yieded no result as both teams had to settle for a draw.
It wasn’t the result we wanted, but, it’s better than losing.
Now, onto the next one. Come on You Gunners!