Tottenham 1 - 1 Arsenal: Aaron Ramsey Opened Gunners Score Line 16 Min & Harry Kane Replied 74 Min "Hugo Lloris penalty Save Against Aubameyang Kept Spurs Alive" - SOWETO DAILY

Tottenham 1 - 1 Arsenal: Aaron Ramsey Opened Gunners Score Line 16 Min & Harry Kane Replied 74 Min "Hugo Lloris penalty Save Against Aubameyang Kept Spurs Alive"

Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang misses late penalty Aaron Ramsey and Harry Kane score in derby draw at Wembley

Aaron Ramsey, playing in his final north London derby before leaving to join Juventus in the summer, finished on the counter-attack after 16 minutes to put the Gunners ahead.

Player ratings

Tottenham: Lloris (7), Trippier (5), Alderweireld (6), Sanchez (5), Vertonghen (7), Rose (6), Wanyama (6), Sissoko (6), Eriksen (5), Son (5), Kane (7)

Subs: Lamela (5), Llorente (5)

Arsenal: Leno (7), Sokratis (8), Mustafi (5), Koscielny (6), Monreal (6), Guendouzi (6), Xhaka (6), Ramsey (7), Mkhitaryan (6), Iwobi (5), Lacazette (5)

Subs: Torreira (3), Aubameyang (4), Ozil (5)

Man of the match: Sokratis Papastathopoulos

If Tottenham Hotspur were looking for a spark that might just reignite their season then, in more ways than one. it might have come with that 91st-minute miracle when Hugo Lloris saved an Arsenal penalty that would surely have decided a derby long on late drama.

Not just the save from the old French goalkeeper but Jan Vertonghen’s lunge to keep the penalty-taker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from rolling in the recycled ball seconds later. This was one of those moments when a whole season could be compressed into a few glorious minutes when Spurs’ spiralling fortunes went from despair to more despair and were eventually rescued.

There was a red card for the substitute Lucas Torreira in the closing stages, deserved for a lunge at Danny Rose, and the penalty awarded to Aubameyang was a bad mistake by referee Anthony Taylor, the consequences of which he had Lloris to save him from. Arsenal had been generally solid in their defence of Aaron Ramsey’s early goal and they came close to a victory built on the counter-attack, had Aubameyang kept his nerve from the penalty spot.

The first draw in 33 games for Spurs was less than they needed given the two league defeats that preceded it, but by the end, it felt a bit more than just one point. A mistake by Davinson Sanchez had given Arsenal the opportunity to play in Ramsey for a beautifully taken 16th-minute goal and from then it was a test for a home side. They were up against fine performances from the likes of Bernd Leno in the Arsenal goal and the centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Spurs have had every different flavour of North London derby day defeat over the years, from those that came amid eras of Arsenal dominance to others that they should have won – but this one threatened to do just as much damage. The penalty that led to Kane’s goal was disputed – there was no doubt that Shkodran Mustafi barged him over as Christian Eriksen’s free-kick dropped into the area, but it looked like the No 10 was offside in the first place.  

Kane scored and Spurs pushed for the winner in the later stages, with Rose in midfield and Heung-min Son, poor on this occasion, replaced by Fernando Llorente. In the end they survived that wrongly awarded penalty and a draw, when the dust settles, might not feel so bad given how it looked with the ball on their spot in injury time and defeat a very real possibility.

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