North London derby ends all sqaure

Arsenal managed to secure a point against North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur after coming back from a two goals down to draw 2-2 on Sunday.

For the first time this season, Arsenal started Nicolas Pepe, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette as a front-three, while Jan Vertonghen made a long-awaited return for Spurs.

Spurs sustained the early pressure for a 10th minute lead as Christian Eriksen propped up in the danger area to finish off Erik Lamela’s rebound after Bernd Leno failed to handle.

The Gunners lived treacherously, allowing Heung Min-Son space for a curler on the edge of the box 18 minutes in but Leno pulled a superb save.

Spurs added to their advantage after Son went down in the area from a challenge by Granit Xhaka, leaving Harry Kane to beat Leno 39 minutes gone.

The Gunners pulled one back with the last kick of the half through Lacazette, who barged from the far side of the box to blast beyond Hugo Lloris.

Spurs were back on the attack 12 minutes later, as Kane’s powerful strike hit the inside post from the far side of the penalty area, while Arsenal’s inspiration off the bench 63 minutes in heralded the arrival of Dani Ceballos for Lucas Torreira.

Ceballos immediately fell into action as he forced Lloris to an outstanding save with a powerful drive from the centre of the area.

Spurs surrendered their lead in the final 20 minutes after Aubameyang got behind the defence to beat Lloris with a close-range finish from Matteo Guendouzi’s delivery.

Sead Kolasinac seemed to have handed Arsenal the lead after 78 minutes, but he was ruled for offside with the Video Assistant Review team giving further confirmation.

Honours even was how the ball rolled out in the end as neither side crafted the winner in the final minutes of the contest.

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