|DATE||Saturday 5th March 2016|
|VENUE||White Hart Lane|
|PREVIEW||No preview produced.|
|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur 1 Arsenal 1|
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Saturday 5th March 2016
White Hart Lane
Kick off 12:45
Alderweireld 59m 18s
Kane 61m 16s
Ramsey 38m 07s
Sanchez 75m 01s
Lamela (foul on Welbeck) 28
Dier (foul on Welbeck) 73
Bellerin (foul on Rose) 26
Coquelin (handball) 29
Sanchez (push on Lamela) 66
|Crowd : 35,762||Weather : Raining throughout|
|Referee : Michael Oliver (Northumberland)||Assistant Referees : Mr. M. Mularkey; Mr. S.Child|
|Fourth Official : Ray East|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 7 minutes.|
|Tottenham Hotspur :||kit||Arsenal :||kit|
10 Harry KANE
24 Hector BELLERIN
4 Per MERTESACKER (c)
3 Kieran GIBBS
8 Mohamed ELNENY (12 Olivier GIROUD 75)
34 Francis COQUELIN
23 Danny WELBECK (20 Mathieu FLAMINI 85)
|Manager : Mauricio Pochettino||Manager : Arsene Wenger|
|Sponsor : AIA||Shirt sponsor : Emirates|
|Kit Supplier : Under Armour||Kit Supplier : Puma|
For a match that the media were labelling the most important North London derby in 50 years, the two teams put in a rumbustious effort to draw 2-2, with a game that had almost everything ... apart from a winning goal for Tottenham. With the ridiculous challenge from Francis Coquelin on Harry Kane when he was already on a yellow card that brought his expulsion form the match, Tottenham dominated with some sources putting David Ospina as the man of the match, while he stopped a lot of shots, but didn't know much about them.
There was controversy throughout, with Bellerin and Coquelin picking up early bookings, while Coquelin may have seen yellow before that for a tackle with his studs off the floor on Lamela. Lamela also got booked for an off the ball incident with Welbeck, who made his only telling contribution to the game by going down what seemed to be a bit easily. So, when Wenger complained that Eric Dier should also have seen red for a second bookable offence, he did have a point. The second foul was no worse than the first and the inconsistency of Michael Oliver was there for all to see. Even to the extent that Bellerin also perpetrated another bad tackle and should also have gone. It was strange, as early in the match, Oliver was letting a lot of physical contact go, but that lessened as the game went on. And he booked Sanchez for a spat wit Lamela, only to allow the Chilean to abuse him and his linesman for some time after the yellow card had been shown to him.
Much like the previous game at Highbury, Spurs dominated possession and dictated play, but Arsenal play on the break and twice caught Spurs out, while they were bombarding the Arsenal goal, with shots blocked and kept out by any means. In the opening exchanges, Danny Rose was finding lots of space on his wing, but there was often not enough support for him to make the best use of it. With Mousa Dembele back in the side, there was an extra strength on the ball and in the tackle, with him regularly tackling back to dispossess Arsenal players looking to move forward from the halfway line. Making the most of the possession was what let Spurs down and there were two chances soon after each other around five minutes. Kane firstly got onto Eriksen's pass lifted over the defence, but from the left side, he couldn't get enough power in it and the keeper saved, while his second opportunity came from Lamela's persistence and when it got to Harry, his effort took a touch off Gabriel that helped it over the top.
On the other side of the pitch, Walker was starting to get into the game, but the final ball only found a red shirt. Rash fouls gave Tottenham a couple of free-kicks about 25 yards out, but the result was nothing dangerous for the Arsenal defence. In fact, the insistence in playing the ball out from the back almost cost Spurs. Toby played a square ball 25 yards out, but straight to Welbeck. Danny Rose got back to win the ball off the striker, knocking it back to Hugo, but his touch was heavy and he had to hurriedly kick it out for a throw before it was nicked off him. With 25 minutes gone, Tottenham created their best chance so far, with Walker's low, driven cross being met by Erik Lamela arriving at the edge of the six yard box to flick it goalwards. The keeper responded sharply to dive to his right and push the ball away.
A flurry of yellow cards for two fouls down on our left wing and for Lamela's bump into Welbeck signalled a tetchy and ragged period of the game. Lloris came out of his area to head away a long through-ball, but it went straight to Ozil in the centre circle. His intended shot sliced off the side of his boot and went out for a throw-in. While Spurs had been pushing forward the better of the two, it was Arsenal who took the lead against the run of play. A lucky bounce on their left wing handed Welbeck possession and his low ball across the box found Bellerin at the far side of the area. He drilled the ball back across goal and Ramsey concocted a goal with an instinctive back-heel to see the ball rise past Lloris and into the net. 38 minutes gone and one down. It wasn't the way things had been planned and not even on the balance of play would you say the Gooners deserved to be in the lead.
Spurs looked stunned by the goal and for a while Arsenal had the run of the game, but failed to make much of it, with Sanchez putting a ball waist high across the face of goal, with no red shirt on the end of it. When Arsenal did find a head with a cross, Welbeck put his near post effort straight at Hugo. Tottenham did hit back just before the break, but when Eriksen put the ball into the path of Danny Rose on the left, he drove a shot-cross that evaded everyone and the far post too.
The second half started with Tottenham pressing hard and putting a couple of crosses in that were over-hit, but when Dembele put the ball in front of Kyle Walker, he drove a low, fierce shot that Ospina fumbled in saving, as he did most of the day. At the other end Lloris had to be on his toes, collecting a long ball from Ozil that was aimed at Welbeck and then taking the ball off Sanchez's toe when he found a bit of space on the edge of the box. But then, when Rose poked the ball down the line to Harry Kane, his pace left Coquelin for dead and the Arsenal man desperately dived into the tackle, brining Kane down and leaving the referee no option other than to pull out a yellow to go with his first and follow it with a red. Even Wenger didn't complain about that !! The decision changed the dynamic of the game and Spurs sensed there was something in it for them.
A free kick was played
square by Eriksen for Rose to hit, but Elneny blocked it (one of the
few things he did in the match) and then Danny turned provided with
a chest high ball that Dele Alli took down expertly and turned on to
strike a volley at goal that hit Gabriel and ballooned off for a
corner. Erik Lamela took it and the ball went through everyone
to the far post, where Harry Kane was stationed. With a quick
shot, Kane drove it into the ground and Ospina managed to get behind
it, but he was behind the line too. The referee waved his watch in
the air to show that it hadn't signalled that the ball had fully
crossed the line and subsequent comments showed it was a centimetre
from being a goal. The goalkeeper didn't know much about it as it
hit him in the stomach and he carried on for a bit before falling on
the floor needing treatment for being winded.
Arsenal were the first
club in the Football League to be widely disliked.
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|Other scores during this week :|
|Everton||2||West Ham United||3||Saturday|
|Manchester City||4||Aston Villa||0||Saturday|
|Swansea City||1||Norwich City||0||Saturday|
|West Bromwich Albion||1||Manchester United||0||Sunday|
|5||West Ham United||29||13||10||6||45||33||49||+12|
|13||West Bromwich Albion||29||10||9||10||29||36||39||-7|
Position before match :
Position after match : 2nd
Position after the weekend : 2nd
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