A 1-1 draw is what the much awaited North London derby treated its fans to. Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1. Well, maybe this score evened the fans this time round and never divided families as much as expected which is the norm of such games. This leaves Arsenal dropping from it’s position two in the table to quite a disturbing fifth position. Well, needless to say, the match was evenly matched between the two sides as each side tried their best to get even against the other team.
The first goal of the match finally came through after a long wait, surprisingly as an own goal from none other than Kevin Wimmer. With an effort to head the ball outside, he by mistake put it in the back of his own team’s net past Iloris their goalkeeper. What an embarrassment it was for him amid Arsenal’s joy.
However, the tide was on Tottenham’s side for they later equalized. This was luckily through a penalty in which Harry Kane never hesitated in putting it into the net. Well how did this penalty come through? It was from a Koskileny foul who fouled Moussa Dembele in their box to thus award Tottenham their penalty.
In the opening twenty minutes of play, there was little in the way of clear cut chances from both sides. However, it was Kane who came quite close to opening the score sheet of the match. This was made possible as he headed a through ball inches wide after diving to make contact with the magnificient cross from Christian Eriksen.
The gunners on the other hand also had their chances. the first clear chance was from Alex Iwobi. He should have put the hosts ahead moments after the Kane miss. But having been freed inside the box from a perfect and on form Alexis Sanchez cross, the Nigerian International shot it straight at Hugo Lloris giving him quite an easy time.
The second clear cut chance and perhaps the most talked of one came from an impressive Theo Walcott. He came really within inches of opening the scoring sheet . He really cracked an impressive effort as he shot the ball towards goal but it instead hit the post. The ball then rebounded straight to the feet of Mesut Ozil who was by then unprepared and thus did not have control over the ball. He shot the ball far and wide thus adding to the counts of shots off target in this match.
All in all, the painful fact however is that the gunners played really quite a below par game against Tottenham, even Wenger agreed to this. They looked quite cautious and more afraid to concede than determined to push forward and score. This was not the Arsenal that we have been seeing in the past games and they really need to pull up their socks.
This draw for Arsenal conclusively and with immediacy means Arsenal have missed their chance to go top of the table. Surrendering their former position to a storming Chelsea.