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Arsenal vs. Tottenham score: Spurs come from behind twice as Son Heung-Min brace secures draw at the Emirates

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur shared the spoils in an entertaining North London Derby that finished 2-2 on Sunday at Emirates Stadium.

Spurs started bright but it was Arsenal who took control of the match once the first half was truly underway, and they eventually opened proceedings with a goal in the 26th minute. Bukayo Saka carved himself some space on the right side of the penalty area and sent the ball towards goal, where Cristian Romero unintentionally got a touch on it and sent it into the back of his own net.

Arsenal remained on the front foot as halftime neared, but with a few minutes left to go before the break, Spurs found their rhythm and eventually an equalizer. The visitors forced David Raya into two quick saves that seemingly ended the play, but James Maddison cleverly kept the ball in play and sent it towards Son Heung-min, whose 42nd minute shot hit the post before going in.

It was a fairly even first half in terms of goals and shots -- Arsenal had six and Tottenham had seven, while both had three on target. The visitors, though, had a noticeable edge in possession, with 60% of the ball, and outpaced them on expected goals, 1.44 to 0.77.

The early minutes of the second half favored Arsenal, who earned a penalty in the 54th minute after Romero was called for a handball and became the first player to score an own goal and concede a penalty in the same Premier League match since Jan Bednarek for Southampton in their 9-0 loss at Manchester United in February 2021. Saka easily converted the penalty for a 2-1 lead.

Arsenal's triumph was shortlived, as Spurs equalized just a minute later. Substitute Jorginho gave the ball up and Maddison was there to claim it, and he sent it to Son who scored his 150th goal for Tottenham with his 55th minute equalizer.

The match then hit a bit of a lull as both sides looked for another goal but mustered few meaningful opportunities, while things also got chippy. Arsenal's best moments of the second half arguably came in stoppage time when they threatened frequently, particularly on set pieces, but a fairly even match finished with a level scoreline.

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FT: Arsenal 2, Tottenham 2

It was an imperfect match for both sides but an entertaining one, and an even scoreline feels just about right for two teams that are still unbeaten to start the season.

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Tottenham with a chance

90'+9 - Tottenham have been defending for much of stoppage time, but were able to create a nice chance after Udogie passes to Kulusevski, who then sends the ball to Richarlison, whose shot goes out for a corner. Not much comes of it though.

 
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Arsenal substituion

90'+7 - Smith-Rowe comes on Saka, who has been limping for the last few minutes. Arsenal are still posing a threat going forward, but not much to show for it as full time approaches.

 
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Arsenal threaten on corners

89' - The hosts have made their way up the field a few times and earned some corners, and on a few occasions looked close to scoring. It hasn't come off, though, and both teams now have 10 minutes of added time to close this one out.

 
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Quietness in the final minutes

85' - The fans are notably tense as the game nears its end, and though it isn't matched by nerves on the pitch, there's a quiet patience from both teams. Spurs have looked more threatening but neither team has registered many meaningful looks at goal since Son's second-half equalizer. We'll see if the dynamic changes as stoppage time approaches.

 
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Subs for everyone

78' - Arsenal bring on Nelson for Jesus, and Tottenham introduce Hojberg and Richarlison for Maddison and Son. Maddison had an injury concern earlier, and his substitution could be rleated to that.

 
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Yellow for Nketiah

67' - Nketiah gets booked for a very harsh tackle on Vicario, which is a bit on theme for the last few minutes. The game has been a bit chippy since Tottenham's equalizer - and Havertz was also booked during this period of the match.

 
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Tottenham substitution

64' - Johnson comes off Solomon, which brings an end to his first start for the team.

 
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Tottenham equalize!

55' - And just like that, it's 2-2! Jorginho gives the ball away and Spurs kick it into overdrive, with Maddison sending the ball towards Son, who scores from close range and completes his brace. It also marks Son's 150th goal for Tottenham.

 
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Saka converts!

54' - Saka sends it straight down the middle for a fairly straightforward penalty. Arsenal take the lead once again.

 
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Penalty for Arsenal

54' - After a few minutes of checking a handball call on Romero (and if there were any fouls beforehand), the referee awards the hosts a penalty.

 
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Second half begins

Two subs at the half for Arsenal - Havertz comes on for Fabio Vieira, and Jorginho is on for Rice

 
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HT: Arsenal 1, Tottenham 1

Arsenal seemed on top for long stretches of the game, but in the end both teams had their moments of dominance and go into the break fairly even. Both teams obviously have a goal each, but also are fairly even on shots - Arsenal have six, Tottenham seven, both with three on target. Tottenham have a noticable edge in pssession (59.8%) and on xG (1.44 to 0.77).

 
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Tottenham level!

43' - Tottenham make their way into the box and after forcing Raya into two point-blank saves, Maddison keeps the ball in play and sends it over to Son, whose ball hits the post before it goes in.

 
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Tottenham chance

39' - Spurs have perhaps their best chance of the game after making their way down the right side of the pitch. Kulsevski sends the ball to Kane, who then passes it to Johnson, who gets a nice shot off but forces a nice save out of Raya. Could be promising for Spurs as they look to change the momentum right before halftime.

 
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Arsenal nearly score again

34' - Vicario and Maddison patiently play with the ball in the box without realizing that Jesus was right on Maddison's heels. The Arsenal man manages to find the ball but somehow sends it over the goal. Quite the batch of mistakes for both sides.

 
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Arsenal strike first!

27' - Arsenal charge toward goal and Saka shoots from distance, which deflects off of Romero before it goes in. After some deliberation from the powers that be, the strike is officially ruled an own goal.

 
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Things are heating up

17' - Arsenal's attack has officially checked into this game, with a quality chance from Jesus forcing a save from Vicario. The two sides also traded yellow cards -- Udogie picks one up for a foul, and Odegaard gets booked for something he said to the referee.

 
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A little bit back and forth so far

15' - Tottenham have been dominant in possession to start this one but Arsenal have tried to threaten the opposition defense over the last few minutes. Not much to speak of in terms of end product yet, though - Spurs had two early shots that did not pose much of a threat, while Arsenal have yet to take a shot.

 
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First half underway

Tottenham kick off proceedings, and the North London Derby has officially begun.

 
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How will Spurs approach this?

The most intriguing aspect of this game might be how Tottenham set themselves up at the Emirates. Their commitment to front-footed football has earned Ange Postecoglou many admirers (and 13 points from five games) but they've also given up 67 shots, over 20 more than the Gunners. Given how PSV got cut to ribbons when they tried to go toe to toe at this ground, might Spurs be tempted to compromise?

The indications from Postecoglou are that there will only be minor adjustments. "A good performance is the key," he said. "You want to know how you are going to go against one of the best teams in the league. It is about our performance. I am looking forward to it. I have had a lot of firsts this season and this is anther one. It's why we do what we do."

September 24, 2023, 12:36 PM
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No Trossard

The surprise absence from this team is Leandro Trossard, scorer in Arsenal's preceding wins over Everton and PSV Eindhoven. He has what the club term a "slight muscle issue" which is understood to have flared up in training yesterday. In his place could well be Eddie Nketiah; in both games where he has started with Jesus it has been the No.14 who has played wide on the left. My suspicion is that it'll be Jesus on the flank this time, where he could give Porro all sorts of issues, but we shall see.

September 24, 2023, 12:20 PM
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Team news

Good afternoon from the Emirates Stadium where we have the confirmed XIs for both teams.

Arsenal XI: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Vieira; Saka, Nketiah, Jesus
Subs: Ramsdale, Smith Rowe, Kiwior, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Jorginho, Nelson, Elneny, Havertz

Spurs XI: Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Bissouma, Maddison, Sarr; Kulusevski, Son, Johnson
Subs: Forster, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Richarlison, Emerson Royal, Dier, Solomon, Davies, Veliz

September 24, 2023, 12:06 PM
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Hello and welcome!

It's almost time for the North London derby, and it feels like this could be an exciting one. Arsenal are on a mission to prove last season's second-place finish was not a fluke, while Tottenham are aiming to show they're the real deal after Postecoglou's strong start with Spurs.