A North London derby never ceases to be exciting and Tottenham and Arsenal’s encounter on Saturday night that ended in a 2-2 draw also didn’t disappoint at all.
Four goals, one red card and plenty of yellows – all added to an exciting match which was a delight for all neutral fans around the world.
Both teams, however, will be disappointed with the result, losing ground to Leicester City in the Premier League title race.
Tottenham dominated possession throughout the match and had a couple of chances in the opening 30 minutes, but David Ospina was alert on his first Premier League start this season.
Taking the lead against the run of play on a rapid counter-attack, Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin&’s low pass from the right was deftly back heeled into the net by Aaron Ramsey on the 39th minute mark.
Although Spurs have lost quite a few derbies against their rivals and they could have been forgiven for thinking this would be one of those games, truly, to their credit, they continued to dominate proceedings and refused to get deflated.
Arsenal&’s defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin was sent off on the 55th minute for a second bookable offence and Spurs were given hope by the Frenchman&’s immaturity.
Later, Christian Eriksen whipped in a corner and Erik Lamela somehow managed to keep the ball alive for Toby Alderweireld to poke home from close range on the 60th minute.
Arsenal visibly drooped and it looked like it was only a matter of time before they would concede again.
In the 62nd minute, Harry Kane scored a brilliant goal, cutting in from the left and curling his shot beautifully into the far post from a narrow angle. The English striker threw away his protective face mask as he raced to wildly celebrate with the home fans, such was the joy felt by those at White Hart Lane.
Spurs, maintained the pressure, trying to score a third which would surely have killed the game off, and were made to pay for their naivety by Alexis Sanchez on the 76 minute mark.
Bellerin got his second assist of the night when he slipped in a otherwise disappointing Sanchez for a one-on-one with Hugo Lloris. The Chilean was calm as his first time shot went low into the corner despite Llori&’s hand getting a touch.
A gripping encounter overall, however, fittingly ended in a draw.
Now, Arsenal will play Hull City on Tuesday in their FA Cup Replay, while Tottenham travel to Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League on Thursday.