Arsenal missed a glorious opportunity to inflict their fierce rivals’ first defeat of the season as a Harry Kane penalty settled the difference.
The first half started nonchalantly, with chances being missed from the home side. Theo Walcott could’ve broken the deadlock after seeing his effort hitting the post. Alex Iwobi missed the best chance, as Arsenal eventually struck first towards the end of the first half with an own goal from Kevin Wimmer, from a Mesut Ozil free kick.
Before the deadlock was broken, I thought Arsenal would be made to pay for missing crucial chances.
The second half saw Laurent Koscielny being softly penalised for a foul on Moussa Dembele in the penalty area. Harry Kane, who came back from injury, sent Petr Cech the wrong way, and swiftly put away his strike, to secure his side a hard earned point.
Tottenham could’ve earned maximum points as they continued to threaten the home side with Christian Eriksen forcing Petr Cech to make an important save to keep his [Cech] side still in the match.
With that result, Mauricio Pochettinos men are on unbeaten in 11 league matches, whilst Arsenal stay third, and could end the week fourth, depending on the result at Anfield, which is going on now as I type this.
I would say that Tottenham would be the happier side than their North London neighbours, as they forgot about their Champions League woes to put in a fine display in a pulsating match.
So, Tottenham Hotspur maintain their unbeaten run, whilst Arsenal are to rue chances, and to think about what could’ve been.
I feel it was “two point dropped” rather than “one point gained” for Arsenal as they failed to put away chances time, and time again. However, credit must be given to the away side for living up to what has been a hotly contested match.
Wenger has said that it was disappointing to drop points, given the chances they created in dangerous situations. He also went on to say that his side lacked fluency of movement, and vision around the box.
Maurico Pochettino said that it was a strong performance from his side, and it was good to see that both sides were competitive.
Pochettino was glad to see Kane back in the fold, following his injury lay-off.
For Arsenal, they play an away fixture to Manchester United, as they continue what is commonly billed as “nervy November”, whilst Tottenham entertain West Ham on the same day.
The second tweet below mine just sums up how Arsenal fans feel after the match. I was talking to a fellow fan yesterday, and predicted that Arsenal will “do an Arsenal”, due to the fact that they fail to take advantage of teams slipping up. Given that Manchester City drew at home to Middlesbrough yesterday, most fans would’ve thought that Arsenal HAD to take advantage by capitalising on that result, but low and behold, the inevitable happen. That must be forgotten now, and move on to the next match.
As for Tottenham, they hold a unique record of going unbeaten in 11, but not occupying the top four spots.