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Arsenal have to settle for a draw against Tottenham at Wembley (1-1)
2 March, 2019
Arsenal took the short trip to Wembley for Saturday’s early Premier League fixture, a north London derby with plenty at stake in the race for the top four.
Unai Emery’s team came out of the blocks quickly and set a high tempo on and off the ball. Alex Lacazette had a chance in the second minute after an Alex Iwobi pass was deflected into his path but he was unable to finish. The Gunners were passing quickly and finding space to play in and their confidence on the ball was shown in the manner of Aaron Ramsey’s goal on the 16th minute. Lacazette played him through, just inside the Arsenal half, and the Welshman drove the ball all the way up and into the Tottenham box before calmly rounding Lloris to put Arsenal ahead. Lacazette was unable to double the lead from a good chance and Iwobi almost curled one past the ‘keeper. But Tottenham came back into the game in the latter stages of the half, and Arsenal had to show good defensive organisation to hold onto their lead. Bernd Leno also had to come to the rescue with a fantastic double save to keep out Eriksen and Sissoko.
The second half saw Arsenal maintain the high tempo, with the midfielders covering a lot of ground and displaying slick passing in possession. Tottenham were awarded a penalty on the 74th minute and Kane converted to put his team level. Arsenal responded well to conceding and were the team pushing for a winner in the final minutes. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was awarded a late penalty, but his spot-kick was saved by Lloris and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Arsenal now look forward to the first leg of the last-16 tie away at Rennes on Thursday.