Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Arsenal: Spurs unable to see match out against 10 man rivals

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal draw 2-2 in the North London derby at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Arsenal: Spurs unable to see match out against 10 man rivals
The Tottenham players look dejected following their draw (Source:Daily Mirror)

Despite having a man advantage for the last half an hour of the North London derby, Tottenham Hotspur could only draw 2-2 with rivals Arsenalin a thrilling derby at White Hart Lane. The result leaves Spurs two points behind top place in the race for the title. 

Key moments

After an incredibly hectic opening half an hour to the derby match, it was Arsenal who struck first with a fine team goal finished off by Aaron Ramsey. There were six minutes left in the half when Danny Welbeck did well on the left side of the box and squared the ball to Hector Bellerin who unselfishly played it inside to Ramsey who couldn't miss from six yards out.

Hugo Lloris watches on as Aaron Ramsey's genius flick finds its way past him (Source: Arsenal FC on Twitter)
Hugo Lloris watches on as Aaron Ramsey's genius flick finds its way past him (Source: Arsenal FC on Twitter)

Arsene Wenger would have been pleased with how the game was going untill 10 minutes into the second half, when Francis Coquelin had a rush to the head by diving in on Harry Kane at the side of the pitch, when he was already on a booking leaving referee Michael Oliver no option but to send him off.

Mauricio Pochettino's team took full advantage of this change of momentum by equalising just five minutes later. A simple corner from the right was hooked on at the near post by Erik Lamela and found Toby Aldeweireld in a ton of space, leading the Belgian to smash the ball in left footed.

Then just two minutes later, Spurs found themselves with the lead thanks to talisman Harry Kane who wtih nothing else on in the left channel decided to curl one across goal and saw the ball float beautifullly beyond David Ospina in the Arsenal goal.

However for the first time this week, Arsenal actually showed some fighting spirit and manged to earn a point from the game courtesy of Alexis Sanchez 15 minutes from time. Full back Bellerin providing another assist by feeding Sanchez in the right channel who hit it early across goal and so the ball sneak in despite Hugo Lloris getting a hand to it.

A goalkeepr with a point to prove

A big suprise to most in White Hart Lane would have been the bold selection from Wenger to start Ospina in goal over Petr Cech. This choice was well and truly justified as the Colombian international had a fine game to keep Arsenal in the contest.

His best save of the match was probably his first meaningful one as he denied Lamela's shinned effort from point blank range after Kyle Walker had fizzed a cross in from the right. He then made a more desperate save in the second half just before the Alderweireld goal as he denied the same player from another corner by scrambling away right on the line.

David Ospina performed brilliantly as he deputised for Petr Cech (Source: AFCstuff)
David Ospina performed brilliantly as he deputised for Petr Cech (Source: AFCstuff)

Then with just a few minutes left he ensured the point for the gunners by making more solid stops from Walker who shot from the right and Christian Eriksen who nearly caught him out with an effort from distance.