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Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Live Commentary, 01/09/2019

FT
2 - 2
ARS
TOT
A. Lacazette (45+1)
P. Aubameyang (71)
C. Eriksen (10)
H. Kane (40 pen)
Emirates Stadium

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Domestic football in the major leagues takes a break for international matches. When the Premier League resumes in two weeks, Arsenal are next in action against Watford at Vicarage Road, while Spurs are at home against Crystal Palace.
The North London derby ends all square as Arsenal battled back from two goals down to earn a point against Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium. Spurs took the lead through Christian Eriksen when he converted from close range after Bernd Leno had failed to hold Erik Lamela's strike. Harry Kane doubled the visitors' advantage from the penalty spot after Son Heung-min was brought down by a poor challenge from Granit Xhaka. Alexandre Lacazette provided the Gunners a lifeline on the stroke of half-time with a fine effort on his left foot. Hugo Lloris had to make several fine stops to keep Arsenal at bay in the second half, but his resistance was broken when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang guided Matteo Guendouzi's cross into the bottom corner. Both teams pushed for a winner, but it was honours even at the end of the contest.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 2-2 TOTTENHAM
90' + 5' Kolasinac takes his time over a throw-in and he fails to get the ball back into play before the referee ends the contest.
90' + 5' OVER! Kane releases Sissoko on the edge of the box in space, but the midfielder fails to hit the target with his strike, blazing his attempt over the bar.
90' + 3' Sokratis collides with Kane in the box and the referee gives the decision the way of Arsenal for obstruction against the Tottenham forward. 
G. Xhaka
Yellow Card
Arsenal
90' + 2' Xhaka finally goes into the book for pulling back Kane.
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
90' Sissoko charges down Maitland-Niles in possession and surges forward at the Arsenal backline. He has Kane in support, but just fails to pick out his team-mate in the box.
88' Eriksen and Kane almost combine down the right flank. The latter looks to zip a cross to the back post for Alli, but David Luiz diverts it out for a corner.
S. Papastathopoulos
Yellow Card
Arsenal
87' Sokratis slides in and starts a scuffle with Winks. It draws in both sides, but the referee opts to only book the Arsenal defender.
85' Sanchez is ailing down the right for Spurs. He makes a clumsy mistake heading back towards his own goal, but neither Mkhitaryan or Pepe can capitalise on the opening.
83' Mkhitaryan runs down the left flank and he squares the ball into the middle, but Aubameyang sees his drive blocked.
82' Xhaka brings down Lo Celso and somehow manages to avoid a booking. He has walked a fine line throughout the match.
81' Aubameyang has scored in each of his last 7 starts at the Emirates.
80' DISALLOWED GOAL! Sokratis believes that he has bundled the ball home at the back post from Kolasinac's delivery, but the left-back was offside before he played the cross into the box. The Gunners are all over Spurs here.
G. Lo Celso
Son Heung-Min
Tottenham Hotspur
79' Lo Celso replaces Son for the visitors.
D. Sánchez
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
78' Sanchez goes into the book for a challenge Ceballos.
78' WIDE! Tottenham clear their lines from a corner, but the loose ball falls to Pepe to strike. However, he loses his shape and slices his attempt wide of the target.
77' Spurs are in danger here as they continue to drop deeper and deeper in their own half. 
75' SAVE! Xhaka winds up a strike from distance and it swerves towards the target, forcing Lloris into a fine save to deny the midfielder.
H. Winks
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
74' Winks goes into the book for kicking the ball away following a foul.
73' The home fans are up for the game now. Arsenal are the team in the ascendancy and Spurs are rocking at the back.
M. Guendouzi
Assist
Arsenal
71' Guendouzi lifts a brilliant cross over the top for Aubameyang to guide past Lloris.
P. Aubameyang
Goal
Arsenal
71' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! AUBAMEYANG EQUALISES!!!! 2-2!!!! The Gunners are back in the game as Aubameyang converts from close range. Guendouzi lifts a brilliant ball over the top of the Tottenham defence and the striker times his run to perfection. Aubameyang touches it to the side of Lloris and into the left-bottom corner. Arsenal complete the comeback.
69' The tempo of the game has slowed over the last couple of minutes, which will suit the visitors. Tottenham have to hold their composure here.
H. Mkhitaryan
A. Lacazette
Arsenal
67' Lacazette is withdrawn as he is feeling the affects of an apparent injury. Mkhitaryan replaces the forward.
67' Son has room once again on the break, but he tries to do too much himself and is crowded out by red and white shirts in the Arsenal box.
65' SAVE! Ceballos almost makes an impact with his first opportunity at goal, drilling a strike from distance towards the net. Lloris has to turn the ball over the bar to keep the effort at bay.
Dani Ceballos
L. Torreira
Arsenal
63' Torreira is withdrawn for the hosts and is replaced by Ceballos.
A. Lacazette
Yellow Card
Arsenal
63' Lacazette pulls back Eriksen on the charge and goes into the book.
61' The game is so stretched that Alli and Son have acres of space in the final third, but neither pull the trigger, allowing Arsenal to clear the danger.
D. Alli
E. Lamela
Tottenham Hotspur
60' Alli returns to the fold for Spurs as he replaces Lamela in the final third.
59' OFF THE POST! Kane is denied by the post after a sublime one-two. The England forward works a pass towards Eriksen in the box and then gets the return in the inside right channel. He goes for a strike from a tight angle, but sees his effort clatter off the woodwork and bounce clear.
C. Eriksen
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
57' Eriksen goes into the book for stopping a free-kick from being taken quickly.
57' CLOSE! Pepe whips the resulting corner towards the back post and Kolasinac on the stretch tries to poke it towards the bottom corner, only to send it wide of the post. Aubamenyang was waiting to pounce and the full-back may have been better off leaving it for his team-mate.
56' WHAT A SAVE! Lloris keeps Tottenham ahead with a fine low stop to deny Guendouzi. Arsenal play their way through the Spurs backline before Guendouzi is teed up on the edge of the box. He strikes low towards the right-bottom corner, but the France keeper gets down to push it around the post with his fingertips.
55' Son almost releases the run of Lamela in the final third, but David Luiz reads his throughball and gets across in time to make the interception.
53' Pepe has a run at Rose down the right flank, but the defender does enough to ease out the Frenchman to earn a Tottenham goal-kick.
52' SAVE! Spurs remain a danger on the counter and almost notch a third goal through Son. Lamela tees him up on the edge of the box and he strikes a goal on his left foot. It takes a deflection off Xhaka and travels towards the left-bottom corner, but Leno palms it behind.
50' Arsenal have come out for the second half with momentum and are putting the visitors under immense pressure.
48' Lloris almost makes a horrendous error at the back, but gets bailed out by Vertonghen, who does just enough to prevent Pepe from latching on to the ball cleanly in the box.
46' Arsenal probe in the early stages of the half as Maitland-Niles floats a cross into the middle for Lacazette to attack. He makes glancing contact, but Lloris gets down to make the stop.
46' We're back under way at the Emirates Stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino will be furious that his side could not hold out until the break. They've been shaky at times at the back, but their ability on the counter has provided Arsenal with numerous problems. It will be a test of their resolve in the second half to see if they can outlast the Gunners as both defences are suspect to say the least.
Tottenham hold a 2-1 lead at the break over Arsenal in the North London Derby, although Alexandre Lacazette's late strike has given the Gunners hope heading into the second half. Spurs took the lead on the counter when Bernd Leno parried Erik Lamela's strike straight into the path of Christian Eriksen, who tapped home from close range. Leno made a couple of good saves to deny Eriksen and Son Heung-min before Spurs were awarded a penalty courtesy of a horrid challenge by Granit Xhaka on Son. Harry Kane converted the spot-kick to double his team's advantage. However, Lacazette finished brilliantly on his left foot just before the interval to hand Unai Emery's men a lifeline.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: ARSENAL 1-2 TOTTENHAM
N. Pépé
Assist
Arsenal
45' + 1' Pepe slides a pass into the left inside channel for Lacazette to control and score.
A. Lacazette
Goal
Arsenal
45' + 1' GOALLLLLLLLL!!! LACAZETTE GETS ARSENAL BACK INTO THE GAME!! 2-1!! The Gunners respond on the stroke of half-time as Spurs botch a clearance from the edge of the box. Pepe manages to work an offload towards Lacazette in the left inside channel. He takes a neat touch to get the better of Vertonghen and the ball sits up for him to strike. He goes for power with his left-footed effort, hammering it past Lloris from close range. Game on.
45' + 1' SAVE! Lacazette goes for goal from the free-kick, but he sees his effort well saved by Lloris, palming the ball out. There are claims for handball against Rose, but the referee is not interested as the left-back clears the danger.
45' Sissoko brings down Aubameyang on the edge of the box, handing Arsenal a free-kick in a dangerous position.
44' Maitland-Niles has to divert the ball behind for a corner under pressure. From the resulting set-piece, the cross travels as far as Sissoko on the edge of the box. However, he blasts his effort over the bar.
43' SAVE! Lloris makes an important stop to deny Pepe before the break. Maitland-Niles bamboozles Rose before sliding an offload to his team-mate. Pepe pulls the trigger on a low strike in the right inside channel, but Lloris gets down to make the save before gathering at the second attempt.
41' A simple ball over the top almost releases Son, but Leno scampers off his line to clear into touch ahead of the winger.
H. Kane
Penalty Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
40' GOALLLLLLLLL!!! KANE HAMMERS THE BALL HOME! 2-0 TOTTENHAM! Spurs double their advantage as Kane holds his composure fire his strike into the net. In true fashion, the England man rattles his attempt into the left bottom corner giving Leno no chance. Spurs are in control here.
39' PENALTY TO TOTTENHAM! Son is brought down by a vicious challenge from Xhaka and the referee points to the spot.
38' SAVE! Leno produces a brilliant save to deny Eriksen from the free-kick. The Dane curls his effort across the goal, but the keeper gets across to palm it wide.
37' Lacazette tracks back to try to stop Tottenham building pressure, but he gives away a cheap foul on Lamela 30 yards from goal.
36' FUMBLE! Kane lines up a strike from the edge of the box and once again Leno fails to hold the ball, although on this occasion he pushes it wide enough. Son collects and works it back to Kane, but he gets closed down before he can shoot again.
34' Maitland-Niles makes an important intervention to stop Eriksen from releasing Son behind the Arsenal backline. He has to make that interception otherwise the winger would have been through on goal.
E. Lamela
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
32' Lamela pulls back Torreira on the charge and goes into the book. Spurs are being pushed back by the home side.
30' Son finally hammers the ball clear out of the 18-yard box, allowing Spurs to get men up the field.
29' Pepe whips the corner into the box, but this time it's Alderweireld who heads the clearance over his own bar.
29' Pepe lifts the resulting free-kick into the box, but Kane rises highest to head behind for a corner. There's more defending ahead for Spurs.
D. Rose
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
28' Tottenham nudge the ball around at the back and play themselves into trouble. Rose has to commit to a challeng with Lacazette and clips the forward late. He goes into the book for his challenge.
27' WIDE! Pepe goes for goal striking his effort around the wall, but it does not have enough curl to threaten Lloris' net.
26' Alderweireld brings down Lacazette 25 yards from goal and it hands the Gunners a free-kick in a good position for a strike at goal. Pepe and David Luiz stand over the ball.
24' WIDE! Vertonghen heads the resulting corner as far away as the edge of the box before Torreira takes on the strike. However, the midfielder slices his attempt wide of the target.
23' Aubameyang probes down the left flank before lifting a cross deep to the back post. Pepe rises to head across the face of goal, but Rose is on hand to divert it wide.
22' The Gunners are trying to establish a rhythm to their play, but they are so vulnerable when they lose the ball to the counter from the visitors.
20' Arsenal have recorded 13 errors leading to goals in the Premier League since the start of last season; the most of any club in the competition. Leno has more errors than any other player in this period (6).
18' SAVE! Leno atones for his mistake with a brilliant stop to deny Son. The winger breaks out from the back and surges all the way to the edge of the box. He uses runs by Kane and Lamela as decoys before shooting towards the top right corner. Leno gets across and palms it past the post. A vital save from the German.
17' Arsenal have been rocked by Spurs' ability to break with space on the counter. The Gunners need to hang in there amid the threat from the visitors.
15' SAVE! Eriksen is up for the game. He leads a counter for the visitors and turns into space before firing a right-footed effort strike towards the top corner. However, Leno tracks it all the way to make the stop.
14' Eriksen has now scored 50 Premier League goals – the first Danish player to reach this landmark – whilst also becoming the first Spurs player to register both 50+ goals and assists for the club in the competition.
13' Kolasinac has space to probe down the left flank, but he stumbles at the worst possible moment in the box, allowing the ball to roll through to Lloris.
12' Spurs probe again through the middle, but Lamela does not pull the trigger on a strike. Eriksen takes over to combine with Sanchez, although his low cross is cleared away.
C. Eriksen
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
10' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! ERIKSEN TAPS HOME FROM CLOSE RANGE!!!! 1-0 SPURS!!! The visitors take the lead after hitting the Gunners on the counter. Son releases the run of Lamela through on goal and he strikes a right-footed effort towards the target. It's a tame strike, but Leno can only palm the ball out straight to Eriksen. The Dane accepts the gift and converts from close range.
10' WIDE! Lloris scuffs his clearance out from the back and it allows Xhaka to tee up Lacazette for a strike at goal. However, the Frenchman pulls his attempt wide of the post.
8' Sanchez feeds the run of Kane in the final third and he tries to roll David Luiz. The England man goes down, but referee Martin Atkinson waves play on.
6' Torreira's corner is cleared as far as Maitland-Niles on the edge of the box. He goes for a low drive, but Kane - of all people - puts his body on the line to make the block.
5' Arsenal attack down the left once more and Sanchez has to time his tackle to perfection to stop Kolasinac's charge.
5' Aubameyang makes a break down the left flank and he lifts a cross to the back post where Rose has to be alert to scoop the ball away from Pepe.
3' The home crowd are into the game from the off and are pushing Arsenal on in the early stages of the contest.
1' OVER! Aubameyang sends Kolasinac on his way down the left flank and the defender cuts the ball back to the edge of the box. Pepe latches on to the low cross, but sends his strike over the bar.
1' It will be Sanchez starting at right-back for Tottenham this afternoon and he begins by sending a long ball out of touch.
1' We're under way at the Emirates Stadium.
Spurs have won one of their last 26 Premier League visits to Arsenal (W1 D10 L15), coming from 0-2 down to win 3-2 in November 2010.
Vertonghen makes his first appearance of the campaign for Spurs, replacing the injured Walker-Peters in the backline. Either Sanchez or Alderweireld will be playing at right-back this afternoon. Eriksen comes back into the starting line-up in the other change from the defeat to Newcastle as Lucas drops to the bench. Alli is in the squad as he makes his way back from injury.
Emery has made three changes to his side from their defeat to Liverpool last week. Nacho Monreal left the club during the week after playing at left-back at Anfield. He is replaced by Kolasinac in the backline, while Torreira and Lacazette come into the fold for Ceballos and Willock.
TOTTENHAM SUBS: Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli, Paulo Gazzaniga, Serge Aurier, Lucas Moura, Oliver Skipp, Ben Davies.
TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose; Moussa Sisssoko, Harry Winks; Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min; Harry Kane.
ARSENAL SUBS: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Dani Ceballos, Mesut Ozil, Calum Chambers, Reiss Nelson, Emiliano Martinez, Joe Willock.
ARSENAL (4-3-3): Bernd Leno; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, David Luiz, Sead Kolasinac; Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi; Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang.
Tottenham also have to bounce back after suffering a defeat against Newcastle at home last week. Joelinton scored the only goal of the game to condemn Spurs to ther first loss of the season. Mauricio Pochettino's men put forward a poor display and failed to make an impression in the final third. The form table in their past 10 league matches does not make for pretty reading for Spurs, putting pressure on them to produce a response this afternoon.
It's the first North London derby of the season and both teams will be looking to lay down a marker as well as claim bragging rights over their rivals. Arsenal's impressive start to the season was brought to halt last week, suffering a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool. The Gunners made critical mistakes at the back and allowed Jurgen Klopp's men to secure a comfortable win. Unai Emery will be demanding a response this afternoon from his players to get back to winning ways.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium.