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North London derby finishes in draw

Posted on November 08, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal and Tottenham played out a 1-1 draw in the north London derby on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium. Kieran Gibbs equalised in the second half, after Harry Kane opened the scoring in the first half.

Despite a lively start to the game, the first real attempt on goal did not come until the 19th minute, as Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele saw a shot deflect wide of goal. The resulting corner kick was played short and Christian Eriksen fired wide from a tight angle.

Spurs had a superb chance to take the lead on 25 minutes, as defensive midfielder Eric Dier headed just wide of goal from an Eriksen free-kick. Tottenham full-back Danny Rose hit an effort high, wide and not so handsome from just outside the area on 27 minutes.

Tottenham took the lead on 32 minutes. Rose played a ball over the top of the Arsenal defence to Harry Kane, who advanced on goal and coolly slotted past Petr Cech. Arsenal’s first attempt on goal did not come until the 38th minute.

Alexis Sanchez scuffed a Joel Campbell cross straight into the arms of Hugo Lloris. The flag went up for offside anyway, so the effort would not have counted. Cech produced a decent low save to deny an effort from Kane inside the area on 44 minutes.

The Gunners came close to equalising early in the second half. Joel Campbell hit a powerful low effort from the edge of the area that Lloris got down well to parry away.

On 51 minutes Eriksen played a one-two with Kane and then saw an effort deflect agonisingly wide of Cech’s goal. Arsenal came close to levelling the scores, as Olivier Giroud’s header skimmed the bar from Mesut Ozil’s free-kick.

Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny headed well wide of goal from an Ozil free-kick on 58 minutes. Giroud headed just wide of goal on the hour mark from an Ozil corner, as the Gunners pushed for an equaliser.

Cech pulled-off a superb save from Eriksen on 64 minutes and Dele Alli fired well over the bar from the rebound. Shortly afterwards Harry Kane dragged an effort well wide of Cech’s near post. The England striker saw a header deflect over the bar on 69 minutes.

From the resulting corner kick Cech produced a good reflex save from a close-range header from Spurs centre-back Tobey Alderweireld. Kane fired a powerful effort just wide of goal from just outside the Arsenal penalty box.

Arsenal equalised on 76 minutes. Ozil’s cross found substitute Kieran Gibbs, who scrambled the ball over line after Lloris had clawed and failed to keep the ball out.  Giroud swept an effort over the bar from Ozil’s corner kick. Giroud’s low header was well saved by Lloris on 83 minutes.

Kane broke for Spurs on 89 minutes, but his tame shot went wide of Cech’s goal. That effort was the last of the game, as the game finished level. The Gunners missed the opportunity to go to the top of the Premier League table.

Was a draw a fair result in the north London derby?

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