Spurs 2-2 Arsenal:(Match report)
“I am immensely proud of our performance today as should every Spurs fan we played with our motto sewn on our hearts, the lads played with sheer passion they played as winners do”.
Yesterday’s north London derby at the lane was a truly magnificent spectacle, as the lads battled it out with our bitter local rivals to earn a two all draw, in what was dubbed as the most Important north London derby in a generation. The match began with the Lilywhites controlling the majority of possession as our fast paced attacking football seemed to overwhelm Arsenal, as for the first quarter of the match we dictated the tempo and the overall flow of the game. 25 minutes in the best opportunity of the match arose, Kyle Walker drove a fast low ball into the box as Lamela unleashed an effort which came of the Argentine’s shin as Ospina pulled off a marvellous save to deny Spurs from taking the lead. We continuously caused Arsenal with an avalanche of problems as out movement and tenacity had put us on the front foot in the first half. So it came with great surprise and disappointment on the 39th minute when Arsenal took a surprising lead, in a moment of sheer spontaneity. The Welshman Aaron Ramsey put the gunners ahead after being picked out well by Bellerin and the Welshman put the ball in the back of the net with a clever back heel, leaving Lloris helpless, 1-0 Arsenal.
The second half couldn’t have started any better for the Lillywhites as Arsenal were reduced to ten men on 55 minutes, Francis Coquelin receiving his second Yellpw after a cynical foul on Kane. The sending off benefited us greatly, as shortly afterwards Kane went mightily close, as a corner was whipped in Kane worked hard to find space and fired the ball towards the goal. However, Ospina managed somehow to keep it out with a fine save and Michael Oliver confirmed via goal line technology that it was just on the line. Although a goal came shortly afterwards for the battling lads of White Hart lane, as the ball slipped through from the resulting corner was met by Alderweireld and the Belgian slotted it well in to the bottom left hand corner of the net as he sent the Spurs fans wild one all the score, and the Belgians third goal of the season. The wild cheers of the home fans turned in to delirium two minutes after as Spurs doubled their lead, Alli showed his excellent fitness as he chased the rolling ball as it entered the byline before knocking it back for Kane who looked up and curled an excellent shot from far out high in to the net, 2-1 Spurs!
A victory seemed a certainty as we looked to capitalise on our lead with an almighty buzz ringing around the ground in the aftermath of the goal and we almost secured victory in the 72nd minute. Harry Kane swiveled around in the box to fire a shot narrowly wide of the post. Elation turned to deflation five minutes after kane’s golden opportunity, as Alexis Sanchez scored to draw level for the gunners. The Chile international received a perfectly weighted pass as he tucked the ball home after being one on one with lloris,2-2. Sanchez almost found the winner for Arsenal soon after his equaliser, as he fired a free kick in the direction of the top corner however, Lloris dealt well with his effort and thwarted it wide. The gunners again didn’t settle for the draw and Wimmer excellently denied Arsenal from securing a victory, the Austrian charged down Ramsey who one on one with Lloris fired an effort which Wimmer expertly blocked with an inch perfect slide tackle. 2-2 the final score at the lane, my view of the performance is of great admiration as I tweeted the following on Saturday, in what I feel summarised the match in a nutshell; “I am immensely proud of our performance today as should every Spurs fan we played with our motto sewn on our hearts, the lads played with sheer passion they played as winners do”.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose (Davies 78), Dier, Dembele (Son 82), Lamela (Mason 67), Alli, Eriksen, Kane. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Carroll, Chadli.