Tottenham and Arsenal battled to a draw in the north London derby at Wembley on March 2nd. A goal from Aaron Ramsey in what will surely be his last north London derby and a second-half penalty from Harry Kane saw both sides share the spoils, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a late penalty in a lively affair.
Arsenal started the game strongly as Alexandre Lacazette scuffed an effort and shot wide wide in the opening five minutes. The Gunners took a deserved lead in the 16th minute. Ramsey ran through to collect a Lacazette pass and got round Tottenham goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, to score. The goal seemed to kick Spurs into life, as Harry Kane had a goal rightly ruled out as offside in the 23rd minute and Christian Eriksen shot wide not long after as Spurs stepped up the tempo. Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen curled a shot wide before an Arsenal break saw an Alex Iwobi shot brilliantly saved by Lloris. The home side came closest to the equaliser just before half-time as Arsenal goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, made a magnificent double save to prevent Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko from levelling the score. Half-time score: Arsenal 1 – Tottenham Hotspur 0.
As the in the second-half both teams looked threatening. Lacazette shot wide from Nacho Monreal’s pull back before Vertonghen shot into the side netting with a volley. Spurs levelled the score with a penalty in the 74th minute after Shokdran Mustafi brought down Kane in the box. The England striker looked offside when fouled, but picked himself up to send Leno the wrong way from the spot. As the hosts pushed for a winner an Arsenal counter attack saw substitute Aubameyang brought down by Davinson Sanchez in the in the 89th minute. The Gabon striker saw his tame penalty saved by Lloris and was denied on the follow up by a magnificent goal-line clearance by Verntoghen. Substitute Lucas Torreira was sent off in injury time for a challenge on Danny Rose. Final score: Arsenal 1 – Tottenham Hotspur 1.
The race for the Champions League top spot continues to heat up, with nine games left in the season. Arsenal, in fifth place is four points behind Tottenham in third place. The other teams in the top four are Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United.