NLD: Arsenal Fire Back After Sinking Deep

Arsenal 2 2 Spurs

It was a better day at the office for Arsenal when compared to the visit to Anfield last Saturday. As expected in a North London derby, the atmosphere was electrified

We showed character to cook up a draw after going down by two goals in the first half. The match had a panicky start with tackles and fouls flying around. We would go on to see eight yellow cards dished out in the course of the game. I wonder if it was an encounter proudly sponsored by MTN.

Despite being the first to pose big threats through a Nicolas Pepe curling shot and Ainsley Maitland-Niles effort, it was Tottenham who had the first laugh when they scored the opener. Bernd Leno palmed Eric Lamela's shot only for Christian Erikson to follow up on the rebound. 1-0!

Leno made a stunning save from a wild Heung-min Son shot but could not stop what befell his side moments later.

Spurs got their second goal through a penalty well converted by Harry Kane. It was Granit Xhaka's careless tackle that gifted another opportunity to the visitors and Mark Atkinson did not hesitate before pointing to the spot. Xhaka was lucky not to have received a card.

Alexandre Lacazette put us a bit into the game so close to halftime as he fiercely shot into the top of the net. Hopes came alive and the morale became higher.

The ginger took us into the second half during which we played our arch-rivals hands down. They were lucky to have Hugo Lloris. If not, Matteo Guendouzi would have grabbed an equaliser earlier than we got it. Also, Dani Ceballos, after replacing Lucas Torreira, saw his shot pushed over by the opposition goalkeeper.

We were rewarded for our impressive play in the 71st minute. Douzi supplied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the Gabonese to shoot past Lloris.

We had a shortlived euphoria as a result of what we felt was out third and winning goal. Unfortunately, it was rightly ruled offside. 2-2 ended the game. Points shared!

Ouch! It's international break. What this means is that we'll have to cope with boredom until September 15 when we'll visit Vicarage Road to say 'hi' to Watford. Until then..

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