Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2
Lacazette 46, Aubameyang 73, Eriksen 10, Kane, pen 40

Arsenal fought back from a two goal deficit to grab a point at the Emirates stadium in the first North London derby of the season. Arsenal had seen summer signing Nicolas Pepe go close, but with their first attack, the visitors took the lead. Christian Eriksen was on hand to tap in after Bernd Leno spilt the ball from Erik Lamella’s shot and then Granit Xhaka’s moment of madness gave Spurs a penalty when the Swiss midfielder needlessly hacked down Son Heung-min for Harry Kane to slot home. On the stroke of half time, Alexandre Lacazette fired in at Hugo Lloris’s near post. The Gunners then lay total siege to the Spurs half after the break and got their reward when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poked in from Matteo Gunedouzi’s through ball to level 2-2. Sokratis thought he had won it for the Gunners, but looked on as he was judged to be offside when beating Lloris.

All the pre-match talk about instability in the Spurs camp and their manager Mauricio Pochettino rumoured to be heading for the exit door were given short shrift as the visitors not only started with Eriksen, but also saw him score the opener. Son raced through the middle to feed Lamela. His effort was only parried back into he danger zone by Leno, and there was Eriksen to tap in for an easy goal. Sokratis and David Luiz will fro doubt ace further tests when speedy attacks threaten, but how they handle them remains a work in progress.

At the other end, Pepe shot high following an early attack and also saw Lloris make a smart save to deny him his first Arsenal goal. Danny Rose was there to head away another Pepe effort. Pulling the midfield strings, Matteo Guendouzi was like a free flowing gazelle. But he and his team mates could do nothing when captain for the day Granit Xhaka scythed down Son for referee Mike Atkinson to point straight to the penalty spot. Kane netted from 12 yards for a 2-0 scoreline to the visitors.

Just before the break however, Arsenal halved the deficit. Pepe kept the move alive as the Spurs’ defence came under pressure. He found Lacazette who controlled the ball, then lifted it above the foot of Jan Vertonghen before firing in with his left foot past Lloris at the near post.

The second half was always going to be an intriguing affair. Dani Ceballos was named as a substitute as was Mesut Ozil, and how this game could have done with the on loan Spain midfielder from the start. However Unai Emery had opted for the tenacity of Lucas Torreira and the Gunners began to lay siege to Lloris’s goal. Guendouzi saw his clever effort tipped away by Lloris, while Ceballos who had now come on for Torreira at the hour mark produced a fizzing effort which Lloris tipped over the bar. Spurs responded when Kane fired an angled shot which came back off the post, but Arsenal soon drew level.

Guendouzi spotted the run of Aubameyang who met his cross to guide the ball beyond Lloris for his seventh goal in as many starts at the Emirates.. 2-2 and both sides might have been happy with a point. However, Arsenal went in search of the winner which they thought they had, only for VAR to rule that Sead Kolasinac was marginally offside when he crossed for Sokoratis to slot home. The Greek defender remained robust under the attentions of Kane at the other end. The Spurs striker went down having firstly put his body into Sokrtais in the hope of getting a penalty. Atkinson saw that and awarded a free kick to the Gunners.

A point is a point, and ahead of the international break, Emery will have time to evaluate what has so far been two wins, a loss and now a draw for the seven points tally his side has so far. There is work to be done of course, but having seen Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe have their first outing together, Arsenal fans will be excited for more of the same. However, the need to shore up a unconvincing defence will be a priority. The return of Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Mavarapanos and a first look at Kieran Tierney will bode well for the Arsenal Head Coach.