Arsenal suffer last-gasp penalty pain as Spurs finally draw a game

Premier League, Wembley – Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Kane pen 74) Arsenal 1 (Ramsey 16)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had an 89th-minute penalty saved by Hugo Lloris, missing the follow-up from close range, as Tottenham rode their luck to snatch a point against Arsenal.

Unai Emery raised some eyebrows by making five changes to the side that thumped Bournemouth, including dropping Ozil and Aubameyang to the bench, but it worked as his side defended solidly as a unit.

Their counter attacking game troubled Spurs and they took the lead when Juventus-bound Ramsey capitalised on a mistake by Davidson Sanchez to run through on goal and score.

The home side had a goal disallowed from Kane’s header for off-side and Bernd Leno made a great double save but they were not at their best, similar to the performance in the midweek defeat away to Chelsea.

Spurs continued to adopt a conservative approach in the second half with their tactics and the timing of their substitutions as the Gunners continued to dominate.

Emery’s side did not put the game to bed with Alexander Lacazette spurning a good chance.

And they were punished when Spurs were awarded a penalty when Mustafi shoved Kane in the back despite the striker appearing to be off-side. The England striker kept his cool to tuck home the spot kick.

The visitors looked like they would grab all three points when Sanchez was adjudged to have brought down Aubameyang. But Arsenal’s stop scorer had his penalty saved by Lloris, who goes from zero to hero after his mistakes against Chelsea in midweek.

Sub Lucas Torreira was sent off harshly for a tackle on Danny Rose in the dying seconds as fourth-placed Arsenal remain four points behind their neighbours.

TALKING POINT
Did Spurs ride their luck to snatch a point?

For 70 minutes Arsenal were the better side got their game plan spot on defensively. The home side’s defensive formation was giving them little joy until the penalty incident when Kane was clearly fouled by Mustafi but was in an off-side position. And they were reliant on a good save from Lloris from Aubameyang’s penalty and Vertonghen’s block from the rebound to come away with a draw.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Sokratis (Arsenal): The centre-back marshalled Kane brilliantly in the aerial tussles and his vast experience to his advantage. Other than the lapse of judgement for the penalty incident, the Gunners defended brilliantly.

KEY MOMENTS:
2’ – GOOD CHANCE! Iwobi’s cross is blocked, it loops into the path of Lacazette who scuffs his volley wide from around 10 yards. He should have found the target from there.

16’ – GOAL FOR ARSENAL! Ramsey has acres of space, he is through on goal from Lacazette’s pass after a mistake from Sanchez, he rounds the keeper and slides into score.

23’ – DISALLOWED GOAL! Eriksen wins a free-kick midway in the Gunners half after Xhaka tugs his shirt. The delivery from Trippier is a good one for Kane who heads it into the corner but he is off-side.

41’ – GOOD SAVE! Arsenal counter, Iwobi cuts inside and tries a curling shot which Lloris claws away.

44’ – AMAZING DOUBLE SAVE! Leno parries Eriksen’s shot from close range and from the rebound Sissoko’s long-range is tipped over by the German.

53’ – WHAT A CHANCE! The ball is cut back from an overlapping Monreal for Lacazette who slices his shot and puts it wide.

74’ – PENALTY FOR SPURS! From Eriksen’s free-kick, Kane is pushed by Koscielny and Mustafi and the ref awards a penalty. Kane sends Leno the wrong way to put the spot-kick into the bottom right.

89’ – PENALTY TO ARSENAL! Sanchez penalised for tripping Aubameyang, contact looked minimal but he did have his left arm leaning on the striker. Aubameyang’s low spot-kick is well saved by Lloris’ hand. What drama!

90’+4 – RED CARD! Torreira is sent off for diving in studs high on Rose, who was caught by the follow through.

TOTTENHAM: Lloris 5, Sanchez 5, Alderweireld 6, Vertonghen 7, Trippier 5, Sissoko 6, Wanyama 4, Rose 6, Eriksen 5, Son 4, Kane 5. Subs: Lamela 5, Llorente n/a.

ARSENAL: Leno 8, Mustafi 6, Koscielny 8, Sokratis 9, Monreal 8, Guendouzi 6, Xhaka 6, Mkhitaryan 8, Ramsey 8, Iwobi 7, Lacazette 4. Subs: Torreira 5, Aubameyang 6, Ozil n/a.

KEY STATS
The away team have won just one of the last 17 Premier League fixtures between Spurs and Arsenal.

Kane has scored nine goals in north London derbies.