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North London derby finishes all-square

Posted on November 06, 2016 by David Nugent

An entertaining north London derby on Sunday afternoon finished 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium, as Harry Kane equalised for the visitors after Arsenal had taken the lead through an own goal from Kevin Wimmer.

Tottenham had the first attempt on goal on just four minutes. Danny Rose’s cross to the far post was head over the bar by Kyle Walker. The game then went into a scrappy period of play with neither side keeping possession very well.

The next chance on goal did arrive until 21 minutes. Christian Eriksen curled a cross into the penalty spot to Harry Kane, who heads just wide of goal while unmarked. Two minutes later and Vincent Wanyama fired a shot well over the Gunners bar from the edge of the area.

On 27 minutes Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin attempted a volley from around 20-yards out that hit Gunners team-mate, Theo Walcott. On 31 minutes Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil combined, only for the latter to fire an effort well wide of Hugo Lloris left-hand post.

Two minutes later the Gunners came forward. Sanchez found Ozil, who in turn found Alexi Iwobi 15 yards out, the Nigerian international’s effort was well dealt with relatively comfortably saved by Lloris.

On 40 minutes Theo Walcott found some space at an acute angle and saw a strike on the run hit the post. The rebound came back to Ozil, who fired well over the bar. The Gunners took the lead on 42 minutes.

Ozil swung a long-range free-kick into the penalty area and under-pressure Spurs defender Kevin Wimmer could only head past his own goalkeeper.

The first threatening attack of the second half led to the visitors equalising on 51 minutes. Mousa Dembele’s good solo run was halted by Koscielny’s tackle in the penalty area. England international Harry Kane on his return to the Spurs team made no mistake with the spot-kick.

On 55 minutes Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka fired well over Lloris’ bar. A minute later Spurs came close to taking the lead. Christian Eriksen hit a low effort from 12 yards out that looked to be heading into the bottom corner of the net, but Gunners ‘keeper Petr Cech got down low to keep the effort out.

On 61 minutes Kane had a golden opportunity to take the lead. Rose produced a superb cross to the far post to the England international, who somehow managed to see his effort from three yards out blocked by Nacho Monreal.

Other visitors came forward on 64 minutes, as Eriksen’s shot flew just a few yards over the Arsenal goal. The Gunners had a chance to take the lead on 73 minutes, as Sanchez found a superb pass to Ozil, but Lloris was out to make it a difficult angle and pushed the ball wide.

The corner kick fell to substitute Aaron Ramsey in a good position, but the Welshman’s effort on goal went just over the bar. Three minutes later Eric Dier blocked Hector Bellerin’s shot and Lloris could smother the ball.

Spurs went agonisingly close to taking the lead on 84 minutes. Eriksen hit a free-kick from the left that evaded everybody and hit the post. On the stroke of full-time Sanchez lifted a ball into the Spurs area to Giroud, who looked to have fouled Wimmer, but the Frenchman then headed straight at compatriot Lloris.

In stoppage-time Spurs midfielder, Victor Wanyama fired an effort well over the bar from 25 yards out. That was the last meaningful attempt on goal of an entertaining clash and Arsenal now find themselves fourth in the Premier League table.

Did Arsenal deserve to beat Tottenham in the north London derby?

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