Match Report: Arsenal v Tottenham [6th November]

Emirates Stadium
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

It ended stalemate at the Emirates on Saturday with a 1-1 draw. This was probably a fair reflection of the game, as no team really edged the other.

Spurs started well, however it was Arsenal that had the first proper chance, with Theo Walcott’s long range shot crashing against the post and Mesut Ozil failing to net the rebound. Arsenal broke the deadlock 2 minutes before the half time interval when Mesut Ozil’s dangerous free kick came off the head of Tottenham’s Kevin Wimmer and flew past Hugo Lloris into the Arsenal goal.

It would of been an unlikely match winner, but it was not to be, as a mistake from Laurent Koscielny in the box gave Spurs a lifeline penalty, converted by Harry Kane on his return. Arsenal’s afternoon could of got worse if not for Petr Cech, who was forced into action to save a powerful Christian Eriksen strike.

Iwobi almost made it 2 for the Gunners as well, but his shot did not have enough power. Likewise in the dying moments of the game, Olivier Giroud couldn’t get enough power on his header to put the game to bed.

It was not the 3 points Arsenal expected, but it was not a loss. Tottenham remain unbeaten in the Premier League.

First Half
Arsenal started strong, however the presence of Spurs was pretty evident, with a pacey Danny Rose finding Kyle Walker for an early header that came to nothing. Alexis Sanchez, then broke onto goal, but a tackle from Wimmer stopped him from going clean through, moments later Wimmer earned himself the first yellow card for a tackle on Francis Coquelin.

Spurs seemed more of a threat on goal, however Son Heung-Min failed to find an unmarked Harry Kane after turning Mustafi on the half way line. A similar thing happened moments later, with Eriksen’s cross finding Kane, but his header bouncing wide.

Alexis managed to lay the ball into the path of Alex Iwobi not long after, however he was unable to test Hugo Lloris who made an easy save. Arsenal then turned on the pressure, with a Coquelin pass finding a sprinting Walcott, who’s shot crashed against the post, rebounding to Ozil who failed to convert it into a goal. But it was the end of the first half, that Wimmer did the job for Arsenal, and headed into his own goal.

Second Half
5 minutes after the break, Dembele made a run on goal, resulting in a mistimed tackle from Koscielny, earning Spurs a penalty. Kane as usual made no mistake, and buried the penalty straight down the centre on his return. Son Heung-Min went on goal 1-on-1 with Cech, who raced out of his goal, forcing Son to back out of the challenge.

Spurs were now the better team, with Kane almost netting Eriksen’s low shot, but the rebound off the post came to Monreal who managed to knock it out wide. Kane then had an opportunity to net Danny Rose’s low cross but was unable to find the shot. It was not all Spurs though, as Granit Xhaka almost got his head onto the end of Alex Iwobi’s cross but it was not meant to be.

Arsene Wenger decided to make some attacking changes, with Ramsey on for Coquelin, and Oxlade-Chamberlain and Giroud introduced not long after. Ramsey fired a 30-yard shot over the bar, moments after Lloris again denied Ozil. In the dying moments of the game, Arsenal could of sealed the win, with Lloris scrambling out of his goal to deny Alexis, and then held onto a firm header from Olivier Giroud just before the final whistle blew.

The result was probably fair, with the game able to have gone either way.


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