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Football news - Arsenal suffer last-gasp penalty pain as Tottenham finally draw a game

Arsenal suffer last-gasp penalty pain as Spurs finally draw

02/03/2019 at 13:24Updated 02/03/2019 at 14:55

Premier League, Wembley - Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Kane pen 74) Arsenal 1 (Ramsey 16)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a 90th-minute penalty saved by Hugo Lloris, failing to score 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 Mesut Ozil and Aubameyang to the bench, but it worked as his side defended solidly as a unit. Their counter-attacking game troubled Spurs and Arsenal took the lead when Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey capitalised on a mistake by Davinson Sanchez to run through on goal and score.

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

Emery’s side did not put the game to bed with Alexandre Lacazette spurning a good chance. And they were punished when Spurs were awarded a penalty when Shkodran Mustafi shoved Kane in the back, despite the striker appearing to be offside, and 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 top scorer had his penalty saved by Lloris, who goes from zero to hero after his mistakes against Chelsea. Sub Lucas Torreira was sent off harshly for a tackle on Danny Rose in the dying seconds as the result sees 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 and got their gameplan 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 offside position. And they were reliant on a good save from Lloris from Aubameyang’s penalty and Jan 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 used his vast experience to his advantage. Other than the lapse of judgement for the penalty incident, the Gunners defended brilliantly.

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) reacts to a missed chance

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) reacts to a missed chanceGetty Images

PLAYER RATINGS

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 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 offside.

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.

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FCGetty Images

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.

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.
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