Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1
( Oxlade-Chamberlain 74, Chadli 56 )

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain grabbed the Gunners a leveller after Nacer Chadli had given Spurs a shock lead at the Emirates. Try as they might, Arsenal were unable to force a winner which their attacking football deserved in this season’s first North London derby. The Gunners were also rocked with two first half injury blows when firstly Mikel Arteta had to be replaced by Mathieu Flamini, and then, just before the break, Aaron Ramsey signalled the change and was replaced by Santi Cazorla. A point a piece was perhaps fair on both sides. Arsenal have a league durability about them, but the succession of draws will concern Arsene Wenger, even though his side is now unbeaten in their opening six league games for the first time since 2007.

In well placed North London derby tradition, both sides went at close to full throttle, but it was Hugo Lloris who was the busier of the two keeper’s. Wenger had elected to keep Alexis Sanchez on the substitutes bench with Mesut Özil playing through the middle.

Danny Welbeck was having his first taste of north London derbies, and after their early exchanges, settled in for a robust tussle with Younes Kaboul. It was Welbeck who imitated the Gunners’ first attack note. He won the ball, and fed Jack Wilshere. He in turn found Ramsey, but the Welshman’s shot fell kindly for Lloris after just five minutes.

Arsenal continued to prod and Welbeck had the presence of mind to cleverly beat Jan Vertonghen, but as he raced away, the recovering Kaboul blocked his shot for a corner

Midway through the first half, and another Arsenal attack. Welbeck collected Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross from the right, but the Gunners’ number 23 could only place his shot directly at Lloris who held.

Lloris was again called into action as he tipped away Oxlade-Chamberlain teasing cross from the right. It was Wilshere’s turn now and he powerfully hit a half volley, but Lloris was always behind it to comfortably save.

The England man had a shout for a clear cut penalty after being caught by Danny Rose, but worse could have followed after the England man went over horribly on his right ankle. Wenger breathed a sight of relief as he saw that his player was able to continue.

Spurs rarely threatened, but could have taken the lead from a corner, which Wojciech Szczesny was forced to save from Mertersacker’s attempted headed clearance.

Three minutes before the break, Kieran Gibbs struck a low shot, which was on target, but Lloris palmed it into danger, however no red shirted player was alert to the follow up.

Jeered at his every touch, Emmanuel Adebayor had a late fist half effort forcing Szczesny to save for a corner

Two minutes after the restart and Oxlade-Chamberlain found Cazorla, but yet again Kaboul was on hand to block the ball for a corner

Arsenal should have opened the scoring after 49 minutes, but Lloris denied Mesut Özil with a low block after Wilshere’s excellent pass fell into the path of the German.

Christain Eriksen saw a free kick which Szczesny held, and with their next attack, the visitors took the lead. Flamini lost possession deep in his half, Eriksen, powered on feeding Erik Lamela. He found Chadli on the right to fire low past, Szczesny after 56 minutes.

Two minutes later and Lloris just about managed to get to Mertersacker’s header, blocked on line. The video replay concluded that the ball didn’t cross the line.

Arsenal however stepped up their game and symbolised their intent with a succession of half chances and possessive play. Calum Chambers struck a screamer which sailed just over Lloris’s bar. Arsene Wenger’s last throw of the dice saw Sanchez replace Wilshere add to the Gunners’ firepower.

With 16 minutes left on the clock, Cazorla’s cross saw Welbeck fail to connect, but just behind him was Oxlade-Chamberlain who fired in for the leveller. Cue massive celebrations at the Emirates stadium, with still time for a winner.

Both sides never settled for the draw, Arsenal were up against an inspired Kaboul, and Laurent Koscielny was in no mood to be beaten and symbolised the Gunners’ famed fighting spirit.

This is Wenger’s 44th match in charge of Arsenal against Spurs. His record stands at 21 wins, 17 draws and six losses. But he will be without both Arteta and Ramsey, with Wilshere a serious concern ahead if the midweek visit of Galatasaray in the Champions League.