Bernd Leno Earns Supporters' Praise Despite 1-1 Draw in NLD

aubameyang lost penalty vs Tottenham

Arsenal lost the chance to close the gap on their arch-rivals as they recorded a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Considering the nature of the game, getting a point from that ground was not a bad option but the circumstances that surrounded the outcome of that match made it painful - team selection was not the problem this time. It was all balanced in the starting and on the bench.

Aaron Ramsey in his final North London derby gave the Gunners the lead in the 16th minute. The Wales international ran through from his own half, faked a shot before making a quick move round Hugo Lloris to convert coolly into the net. The 28-year-old's overall display reminded us of the void he will leave when he joins Juventus at the end of the season.

Bernd Leno's superb double to deny Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko ensured Arsenal maintained the lead till half-time. It could have been extended but Alexandre Lacazette's second half miss prevented that.

A foul on Harry Kane who was in an offside position earned Spurs a penalty which the striker tucked in to make the game level. The England international sent Leno the wrong way to scoop his ninth goal in this fixture.

The chance came for Arsenal to reclaim the lead in injury time. Aubameyang got a penalty that was saved by the home goalkeeper and as if that was not enough grief, Lucas Torreira got marching orders for a careless challenge on Danny Rose few seconds to full-time.

"Half bread is better than none", the say, but yesterday's half bread could have been a whole if not for the baker's negligence. Now, the hopes for a top-four finish is facing a bigger threat with Manchester United having pushed us down to fifth place with their 3-2 win over Southampton.

Europa League action resumes this week. Arsenal will face Rennes (A) in the first leg of the last 16 fixture, then host the Red Devils at the Emirates on Sunday - a game which will be a big decider for both sides in their tussle for Champions League qualification.

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