Arsenal’s fine form came to a halt, as the Gunners suffered a 2-1 defeat at arch-rivals Tottenham courtesy of a Harry Kane brace.
The first shot on goal came on five minutes. Spurs striker Harry Kane curled an effort towards goal from the edge of the area, only for David Ospina to produce a fine save. However, it was Arsenal that took the lead on 11 minutes.
Danny Welbeck used his pace to take on Danny Rose. The former-United man’s cross found Olivier Giroud who laid the ball off to Mesut Ozil and the German placed a fantastic volley into the corner of the net.
Spurs were quickly up the other end, as Rose’s low effort from a tight angle was saved superbly by Ospina. On 20 minutes Spurs midfielder Nabil Bentaleb fired wide of goal from just outside the Gunners penalty area.
Spurs went close to an equaliser soon afterwards, as Rose fizzed a ball across the face of the goal that went just wide. Gunners keeper Ospina was in action again on the half hour mark, as the Colombian did well to keep out a Ryan Mason effort from distance.
On 34 minutes Spurs Argentinian playmaker Erik Lamela fired well over the bar, after the Gunners failed to clear Kyle Walker’s cross. On 40 minutes Harry Kane dragged an effort wide of goal from the edge of the Arsenal penalty box.
The first attempt on goal of the second half came from the visitors on 49 minutes. Santi Cazorla shot from the edge of the area and Hugo Lloris got down well to guide the ball round the post. On 55 minutes Ryan Mason saw an effort blocked by an Arsenal defender that resulted in a corner.
The resulting corner led to Spurs equalising. Christian Eriksen’s corner was flicked on towards goal, Ospina could only parry and Harry Kane was on hand to fire home. On 58 minutes Spurs came forward again.
This time Mousa Dembele showed quick feet taking on an Arsenal defender, before hitting a low effort towards goal that Ospina could only parried away and Kane slid-in but could not connect with the ball.
On hour mark Arsenal came close to taking the lead. Danny Welbeck ran at the Spurs defence and curled a superb effort from the edge of the box, only for Hugo Lloris to produce a flying save. The French captain then produced a comfortable save from compatriot Laurent Koscielny from the resulting corner.
On 63 minutes Mason hit a volley towards goal and Ospina comfortably saved the effort. Arsenal’s Colombian keeper was in action again soon afterwards this time parrying Nabil Bentaleb’s powerful effort from range and then saving Kane’s effort from the rebound.
On 71 minutes Christian Eriksen fired over Ospina’s goal from a free-kick outside the area. Olivier Giroud headed wide of goal on 75 minutes from an Ozil cross.
Tottenham took the lead on 86 minutes. Bentaleb floated a cross from the left and Harry Kane directed a header back from where it came and past Ospina. On 90 minutes Gunners substitute Tomas Rosicky hit an effort straight at Lloris from just outside the area.
The Gunners looked for an equaliser, but the only effort that came close was Nacho Monreal’s, which deflected off Eric Dier for a corner kick. The resulting corner kick came to nothing and Tottenham claimed a big victory and moved above Arsenal into fourth-place.
Did Arsenal deserve to lose against Tottenham?