Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Arsenal: As it happened

Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Arsenal: As it happened
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I've been Mosope Ominiyi and unfortunately, that's all we have time for this afternoon. Thanks for following my live commentary, have a good afternoon!

Here's how it stands in terms of the Premier League table, following this result..

90+4: FULL-TIME! Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal, and what a game it has been! The shares are spoilt, a point apiece, and now the ball is firmly in Leicester's court as they travel to Vicarage Road for this evening's 5.30pm kick-off hoping to extend their advantage at the top of the League. Exciting stuff.

90: The fourth official signals for four minutes of stoppage time to be played, as the rain begins to fall very heavily in north London. Özil off for Campbell in the dying minutes.

88: Gibbs wins a free-kick in a promising area of the pitch - Sánchez curls one goalwards, but Lloris is forced into making a good diving stop to deny the Chilean from completing his brace.

86: Oooh! Eriksen attempts to catch Ospina out, but the Colombian makes an acrobatic stop to push his effort over the crossbar.

85: Five minutes left plus stoppages, and Danny Welbeck is being substituted - he's been excellent again today. Mathieu Flamini on in his place. 

82: Another substitution for the hosts - this time Mousa Dembele is replaced by Heung-Min Son.

81: Good stop again from Ospina! Alli swivels on the turn and fires a low effort goalwards, which looked as though it was creeping towards the bottom corner.. but Ospina had other ideas, getting down well and quickly too to make a good save.

80: Ten minutes remain! Will it stay level as we enter the final stages?

79: Dier's a lucky boy! Having already been booked minutes ago, the Englishman pulled back Giroud cynically as the Frenchman was preparing to swing a ball towards the edge of the area.. free-kick given, no booking though.

78: Danny Rose jogs off the pitch, being substituted by Ben Davies with some fresh legs and added defensive impetus for the hosts.

76: GOAL! SÁNCHEZ LEVELS THE SCORING! ARSENAL BACK IN IT! Lloris fumbles the ball, but Sánchez and Arsenal will not care one bit! Bellerín with another precise pass, and the Chilean made no mistake to curl it into the far bottom corner.

75: An attacking change for the Gunners, and it was coming. Olivier Giroud replaces Mohamed Elneny, who has been impressive today.

73: Eric Dier booked for a cynical foul, pulling back Welbeck in midfield.

72: A few half-chances for both sides in the past few minutes, nothing of much note to report though.

67: Lamela lucky not to be booked for his part in that, where he would've been sent off! Pochettino realised this, and a clever substitution is being made now - Ryan Mason is on in the Argentine's place.

66: First booking of the season for Alexis Sánchez after some commotion with Lamela on the touchline - some unsavoury play-acting though, which isn't nice to see.

64: Dier forces Ospina into another save, although relatively comfortable for the goalkeeper - straight at him.

62: QUICK-FIRE DOUBLE! KANE THIS TIME, TOTTENHAM AHEAD! GREAT FINISH! It's absolutely sublime from Harry Kane, and once more, Ospina can do absolutely nothing about it! He curls the ball beyond the Colombian, into the far corner - Spurs' fans erupt with jubilation, and understandably so!

60: GOAL! SPURS EQUALISE! Alderweireld slams home from close-range, striking sweetly with Ospina helpless to make another of the important saves he's been forced to do this afternoon.

58: GREAT STOP! Kane strikes goalwards from close-range at the back post but Ospina blocks the effort on the line!

55: Silly, needless foul, both of them! Coquelin is sent off, Arsenal are down to ten men and the momentum will have shifted dramatically now..

54: Coquelin is penalized for a foolish sliding tackle on Kane, and he's already been booked... free-kick for Spurs and referee Michael Oliver picks a card from his pocket.. second booking - Coquelin sent off!

53: Welbeck with some much-needed defensive work to apply pressure on, and win the ball from Wimmer as it trickles out for a throw-in.

50: Great dribbling from Sánchez, weaves his way out of trouble in the Arsenal half and flicks the ball up toward a teammate in space - relieving pressure in the process. Alexis has started to get more involved in the game as the clock continues to tick by.

49: Oooh! Walker tries his luck from range with a powerful strike, Ospina initially parries and eventually collects the ball in-between his gloves. Arsenal, defensively, were left chasing shadows there as the fullback ran through midfield..

HT: Second-half about to get underway, neither side making any changes though as the two teams emerge from the tunnel again. Can Spurs respond effectively, or will the Gunners prevail with an important three points against their local rivals today?

HT: Mauricio Pochettino will be expecting a reaction from his players having conceded so close to the half-time whistle, it'll also be intriguing to see how Arsenal can cope defensively for the remainder of the match in the impending second-half. 

HT: Spurs started well but were unable to get the goal to justify their early pressure, partly thanks to Ospina's sharp reaction save, as well as tackles from Gabriel and Bellerín in particular.

HT: Having been under pressure for the majority of the first-half, Ramsey's goal was their first shot on-target, and the Welshman certainly took it well.

45+1: HALF-TIME! Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal, and the Gunners go into the break with a slender lead intact.

45: The fourth official signals for just the one minute of stoppage time to be played now, and Arséne Wenger will be hoping that whistle doesn't come for a while - Spurs are under the kosh at the moment.

44: Danny Rose goes for goal, drilling towards goal... wide of the far post, not troubling Ospina. 

42: It's been all Arsenal following Ramsey's opener, and Spurs will be eagerly anticipating the half-time whistle so they can regroup! Welbeck and Özil especially, have been excellent on the break and asking plenty of questions for Spurs' backline to deal with.

White Hart Lane is stunned into silence! Welbeck links up well with Bellerín and Ramsey - the latter of which opens the scoring with a deft flick past Lloris!

35: The resulting corner is disappointing though by Sánchez, cleared away at the near post.

34: Welbeck does extremely well to win a corner-kick out of nothing, spinning past Alderweireld before firing across goal - deflected out for a set-piece.

33: Oooh! Lloris reacts quickly off his line and heads the ball outside the penalty area with Welbeck lurking close by. The ball drops for Özil on the halfway line, the German goes for goal but Dele Alli does enough to put him off, to ironic cheers from the home fans.

30: Coquelin is caught in possession and handles the ball - play continues momentarily but Michael Oliver comes back and books the Frenchman for a deliberate handball. Needless.

28: The resulting free-kick is relative catching practice for Ospina as Eriksen's delivery is comfortably smothered by the goalkeeper, moments before Lamela is given a booking for holding back Welbeck as Arsenal were preparing to counter-attack at speed.

27: Bellerín is booked for a cynical tug back to stop Rose from delivering a cross into the box - can have no complaints, but he'll be on a tight rope for the remainder of the game now.

26: GREAT SAVE! Gabriel makes a good tackle to stop Kane in his tracks, before Walker fizzes in a cross toward goal and Lamela forces the Colombian into a sharp reaction save.

21: Very frantic thus far, the pace of this game hasn't stalled much - something to savour for the neutral.

17: Eriksen with a free-kick in a promising position, wasted though. As opposed to swinging in a dangerous cross with teammates expecting it, he curled it goalwards with Ospina able to come and collect.

14: Gibbs gives away a cynical but much-needed foul to block Kane's advances as he edges closer toward the edge of the area. Free-kick is taken by Erik Lamela, but the wall does its job and Arsenal can clear.

13: Ramsey picks out a good long ball toward the path of Welbeck, who holds the ball up well waiting for support to his left, but Kevin Wimmer does well to close the English forward down, with loud cheers from the home supporters.

12: Ironic jeers reverberate around White Hart Lane as a poor Arsenal touch sees the ball out for a throw-in. It's going to be that type of game you feel.

10: Three great tackles in quick succession, first by Elneny to win possession, then Mousa Dembele for Spurs. The ball is fed across toward Kyle Walker, who is stopped in his tracks emphatically with a clean sliding challenge by Gibbs!

9: Coquelin with a slightly late sliding tackle on Harry Kane, in a 50-50 challenge as both players vy for possession. Free-kick given, referee Michael Oliver gives the Frenchman a warning for his future challenges, no malice intended though.

8: It's important for Arsenal to weather this storm, if they are to stay in this game as a contest in the early exchanges.

6: Great defending from Bellerín, and then Gabriel to make two important tackles in the final third with Spurs continuing to pile on the pressure.

5: Kane stings Ospina's gloves with a shot from range, Spurs are looking very dangerous at the moment.

4: Arsenal had a great opportunity to counter-attack at speed following an unsuccessful Spurs corner, but Ramsey's attempted backflick to a teammate means he squanders possession and Tottenham are able to regain the ball.. sloppy from the Welshman.

3: A fast-paced, electric start to proceedings at White Hart Lane. Spurs are certainly enjoying possession in Arsenal's half and the visitors have been sloppy with the ball at times - already! This promises to be an interesting watch, definitely.

The two sides have completed their respective warm-ups, are out of the tunnel and ready for kick-off!

Predictions for today's game? The majority of supporters have suggested Spurs will prevail, especially considering Arsenal's topsy-turvy form - but they've impressed in a few important games this term and need to stop the rot of consecutive defeats.

Kieran Gibbs is preferred to Nacho Monreal today, whilst Joel Campbell surprisingly drops to the substitutes' bench and Mohamed Elneny is set to make his first Premier League start.

As previously stated, David Ospina starts in goal for the visitors - strong line-ups for both teams, unsurprisingly given the magnitude of this afternoon's derby.

Arsenal: Ospina; Gibbs, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Bellerín; Coquelin, Elneny; Ramsey, Sánchez, Özil; Welbeck. Subs - Macey, Monreal, Chambers, Flamini, Campbell, Walcott and Giroud.

Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dembele, Dier; Lamela, Eriksen, Alli; Kane. Subs - Vorm, Davies, Trippier, Carroll, Chadli, Mason and Son.

Confirmed team news, is as follows!

First-choice centre-back Laurent Koscielny, who missed the Swansea defeat with what was described as a "minor injury", will also miss the Derby clash. Arséne Wenger was quoted as saying the experienced Frenchman will return to training sometime next week, but will not be ready to face both Spurs and Barcelona (away, Champions League).

As for team news, Arsenal will be without the imposing figure of world-class goalkeeper Petr Cech - after the former Chelsea man, who was previously struggling with a groin complaint but played through the pain, pulled his hamstring in the last few seconds of the Swansea defeat in midweek.

Arsenal: WDLLL

Tottenham: DLWWL

The two teams' contrasting form (in all competitions), is as follows..

The months of February and March in particular, are where the pretenders and actual title challengers prove their worth. Considering how unpredictable this season has already been, Spurs wouldn't have imagined being embroiled in a title race but you can tell they relish the opportunity to do so with many of their rivals' struggling for consistency.

However, Tottenham didn’t take advantage either, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side slipping to a 1-0 away defeat against West Ham United, English winger Michail Antonio scoring the game's only goal. That ended a superb run of form for the Lilywhites, which had seen them win six league games in a row. However, it hadn’t all been perfect prior to the game at Upton Park, with Spurs crashing out of the FA Cup at home to an out-of-form Crystal Palace team 10 days prior.

They visited Old Trafford last weekend with a chance to put things right, but crashed to a 3-2 defeat against a youthful-looking Manchester United side, before Swansea City got the better of them at the Emirates on Wednesday, the Gunners failing to take advantage of Leicester dropping points the night before.

Season-upon-season, the Gunners are expected to finally kick on and challenge for the Champions League and Premier League, but it’s always this time of the year when they begin to falter, and they’ve done it once again. Danny Welbeck’s stoppage-time winner against Leicester City was supposed to breathe new life into their title challenge, but Arséne Wenger’s men have lost three and drawn one since that. The draw was a timid affair against Hull City in the FA Cup, followed up by a 2-0 home defeat to Barcelona in Europe.

Although these are two of the strongest teams in the division, neither come into the high-profile affair brimming with confidence, to say the least. For lack of a better phrase, Arsenal have well and truly 'done an Arsenal' in recent weeks, or at least that’s the term being used by their loyal yet frustrated fanbase.

Arsenal could go level on points with their rivals Spurs, provided they win today | Photo: LiveScore
Arsenal could go level on points with their rivals Spurs, provided they win today | Photo: LiveScore

The atmosphere promises to be a lively, but tense one in north London today - plenty at stake, and not just bragging rights either. Here's a picture of how the Premier League table looks at the moment, with all of the top six (apart from Manchester City) having played 28 games.

Kick-off is scheduled for a 12:45PM BST start, so keep following along as I deliver all of the pre-match build-up ahead of the action at White Hart Lane.

Hello everyone! My name is Mosope Ominiyi and I'll be guiding you through the action as it unfolds, in what promises to be one of - if not the biggest North London Derby in recent history this afternoon. Tottenham Hotspur - Arsenal, and both rival sides have their eyes firmly fixated on the prize: the Premier League trophy come the middle of May.