Tottenham Hotspur 1 Arsenal 1
Kane 74 pen Ramsey 16

Arsenal and Spurs shared the north London derby spoils after a highly charged and controversial affair at Wembley. Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners a first half lead after a smart run and low shot beyond Hugo Lloris. The Gunners held onto the lead until late in the second half, when Spurs were awarded a controversial penalty. Christian Eriksen floated in a free kick and Harry Kane was bundled over by Shkodran Mustafi in the area. Replays of the free kick showed a line of white shirts clearly offside, but Kane scored from the resultant spot kick. With time running out, Arsenal had a penalty of their own. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was adjudged to have been fouled by Davinson Sanchez. Referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot, and up stepped the Gabon striker only to see his spot kick saved by Lloris. Further controversy in the 95th minutes when Lucas Torreira’ made a studs up challenge on Danny Rose earning him a red card. That proved to be the last real action of a thorough contest and one after which neither side will be happy with just a point.

Following Arsenal’s 5-1 midweek thrashing of Bournemouth, Mesut Ozil’s performance in that match had him marked down as a starter here. However he was named as a substitute along with Aubameyang. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was preferred in the right midfield role, with Nacho Monreal on the left. They completed a three man defence which saw Sokratis, Laurent Koscielny and Mustafi at its base. Alexandre Lacazette was the target man in the opening exchanges, but his mis-hit in the opening moments let Spurs off the hook.

Lacazette was instrumental in the game’s opener. After a Spurs attack was broken up, Lacazette won possession deep in his half, and found Ramsey in space. The former Wales captain had the calmness and composure stay ahead of the fast retreating Davinson Sanchez before putting Lloris on his backside to then score his fifth goal of the season after 16 minutes.

Spurs thought they had levelled eight minutes later, but Kane was offside when he headed past Bernd Leno. Leno was in inspirational form when he pulled off a brilliant double save to deny firstly Christian Eriksen and the follow up from Moussa Sissoko.

A goal to the good at the break, Lacazette should really have doubled that lead but sliced wide after a neat move. The Gunners however seemed to be feeling the affects of the game, seeking to merely contain their rivals but without really troubling Lloris.

When Spurs won a free kick deep in Arsenal’s half, Eriksen’s ball saw a line of white shirts in offside positions. It was missed by the officials, and would have nullified Mustafi’s bundling over of Kane. However a penalty was awarded, and Kane converted to level.

More drama late one when Aubameyang went down in injury time under the attention of Sanchez. A penalty was awarded, and Aubameyang fancied it. He never looked in any shape to do so, and when he struck a low kick close to Lloris, the France keeper saved it. Jan Vertonghen had encroached into the area before the kick was taken, and when Iwobi crossed to find Aubameyang, the Belgian defender snuffed out the danger to deny Arsenal the winner.

If Torreira was guilty of a studs up challenge on Rose for his red card, then Rose should have already had his marching orders after a similar challenge into the midriff of Leno wasn’t punished in the same manner.

The points were shared and the Gunners will now see Europa League action next Thursday with a trip to Rennes, before a return to Premier League action and the arrival of Manchester United to north London. next Sunday