The day was Sunday and the place was White Hart Lane, as Arsenal took on Tottenham in the Premier League with both sides looking to catch Leicester City, who were on the top of the table. Another edition of the north London derby, with both clubs looking to avoid any slip-ups in the pursuit for a title. The hosts started off the better side, dominating the game for quite some time. Despite that, it was the Gunners who took the lead when Hector Bellerin released Aaron Ramsey, who flicked the ball into the back of the net beating Hugo Lloris in the 40th minute. Arsene Wenger’s side took the advantage into the half-time break.
After the restart, the French manager lost his cool when Francis Coquelin put in a silly challenge on striker Harry Kane to get booked a second time for the night. He was sent off and Spurs equalized a few minutes later. Center-back Toby Alderweireld was the goalscorer from a corner kick and it was all square at the hour mark. The striker then gave his side the lead a couple of minutes later to make it 2-1, with a superb curled finish to beat David Ospina, who had rather looked good on the night. Further, Arsenal did not give up, as their ten men toiled hard to finally make it 2-2 at the 76th minute, thanks to Alexis Sanchez who did score this time.
The game ended in a draw and here is what Wenger had to say after the game about his side’s performance, as they once again dropped crucial points:
“We’ve shown an outstanding performance, attitude and resolute spirit.”
“Our spirit was questioned, our attitude was questioned and I think we gave the right response, which was not easy today.”
“We have been questioned to the extreme because from being 1-0 up and feeling comfortable in the game, we were suddenly 2-1 down and down to 10 men. We came back to 2-2 and in the end, I think we could have won 3-2.”
“That’s the regret of the day but overall I’m very proud of the players and of their performance.”
“The team needs to take encouragement from today and reproduce that kind of attitude in every single game.”