Three things we learnt from Arsenal and Tottenham's North London Derby draw
With Tottenham needing a win to return to the top four and maintain their unbeaten start to the, and Arsenal desperate to extend their own unbeaten run which stretches back to defeat to Liverpool in the first game of the season, this North London derby was always going to be a lively one.
With Harry Kane back in the starting line-up, despite a surprise absence in the form of Dele Alli, this tie had all the makings of one of the goalfest clashes that have become customary when these two sides meet in recent years. That wasn’t the case though, and it took until late in the first half for Tottenham to find the net, though unfortunately the wrong one.
Diehard Spurs fans may claim that the presence of the offside Laurent Koscielny forced Kevin Wimmer to head into his own net, but on his first start of the Premier League season the central defender struggled to cope with the movement in Arsenal’s frontline.
Koscielny was involved again when Spurs found the net at the right end, with the Frenchman and Nacho Monreal combining to fell Harry Kane, who stepped up to convert from the penalty spot.
Neither side looked particularly like finding a winner despite a series of half chances in the last 20 or so minutes, but that was in part down to the fact that neither manager looked keen to gamble and risk losing what will be a valuable point.
Read on over the next few pages to see what we can take from the tie…
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