Unai Emery’s Arsenal were back at Emirates Stadium for the North London derby, one of the most eagerly awaited Premier League matches of the season for football fans around the world.
Arsenal settled into the game quickly and the opening ten minutes saw Tottenham with their backs against the wall with Nicolas Pepe, Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looking very lively up front. But the away side struck first when Eriksen got on the end of a Lamela shot that Bernd Leno was unable to hold onto. The game was wide open from then on and both teams were pushed on by the spectacular atmosphere. Arsenal had the majority of possession in dangerous areas but Spurs were always dangerous on the break and they doubled their lead when Kane slotted his penalty after Son has been brought down in the box by Granit Xhaka. With Arsenal up against it, they knew a goal before the break could be key. Pepe came close before Lacazette scored a superbly taken goal on the stroke of half-time.
The second half saw Arsenal pushing hard to get the equaliser and Tottenham looking to soak up pressure and break when possible. The introduction of Dani Ceballos made an instant impact; the Spanish midfielder saw a powerful effort from 25 yards saved by Lloris and he started linking well with those ahead of him. But it was fellow midfielder Matteo Guendouzi who played a beautifully weighted pass into Aubameyang; the Gabon international’s first-time finish into the bottom corner was impossible for Lloris to stop. The final twenty minutes saw Arsenal push hard for a winner but it ended all square at 2-2.
The next game after the international break will be away against Watford.