Sunday saw Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur play out a 1-1 English Premier League draw at the Emirates Stadium. A Gunners victory would have bumped them to the top of the league, overtaking Manchester City. The first stanza started with a Tottenham kick off, but the hosts quickly took possession, and dominated territory. The first 20 minutes showed a clinical game of football, as the home attack was methodical and calculated, while the Spurs defence was strong, and tight, but their attack was overzealous, with a number of shots being off target.
However, in the 32nd minute that changed, as Harry Kane slipped the ball over Petr Cech and into the right corner of the net. Arsene Wenger’s men appeared to be losing composure, as they failed to convert their attempts at goal throughout the first 45, ending the first stanza at 1-0. The second stanza was kicked off by the home side, who immediately attempted to even the score, but without success.
Joel Campbell was two feet away from redeeming Wengers’ boys in the 48th minute, but was stopped by Hugo Lloris. The following 20 minutes was nothing but a barrage of attacks by Arsenal, but Mauricio Pochettino’s players were holding their ground, and were aided by the lack of accuracy from the home XI. The 76th minute saw the stadium erupting, as Kieran Gibbs not only revived the Gunners’ dreams, but scored his first Premier League goal, evening the score.
Lloris worked overtime in the final 10 minutes, becoming one with the ball, defending against another array of attacks. Despite an additional three minutes added, Wenger’s side was unable to score again, which keeps them in second place on the league table.