Arsene Wenger avoided a second home defeat to Tottenham after Arsenal snatched a late equaliser to draw 1-1 in the 180th north London derby at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.
- Arsenal 1 Tottenham 1
- Kane fires Spurs in front
- Lloris denies Campbell equaliser
- Giroud header hits crossbar
- Gibbs restores parity late on
Wenger has lost just once to Spurs on home soil – in 2010 when his side was beaten 3-2 – but Harry Kane's 32nd-minute opener threatened to spoil that impressive record.
However, Kieran Gibbs stepped off the bench to pounce at the far post with 13 minutes remaining to turn the tide in favour of the hosts.
Mauricio Pochettino's men survived a late onslaught to hang on for a share of the derby spoils, which extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches.
The match started at a frenetic pace as both teams looked to attack on the counter and it was the visitors who created the first real chance on 25 minutes when Eric Dier headed Christian Eriksen's free-kick wide at the back post.
Just past the half-hour mark Spurs drew first blood as the home defence were caught napping by Danny Rose, whose ball over the top sent Kane through on goal and the striker finished confidently passed Petr Cech from inside the box.
The hosts tried in vain to respond before the half-time interval but they were unable to find that final pass as their neighbours maintained their slender advantage.
The Gunners threatened to equalise shortly after the restart when Joel Campbell cut in from the right flank and sent a curling effort towards the far bottom corner of the goal, but Hugo Lloris pulled off a superb save at full stretch with three minutes gone.
Mathieu Flamini was then fortunate to see the ball drift the wrong side of the post after Eriksen's shot had taken a deflection off the French midfielder and fly across the face of goal.
Spurs were saved by the woodwork soon afterwards when Mesut Ozil's free-kick found Olivier Giroud, whose looping header came back off the crossbar and six minutes later the French striker glanced a free header wide from a corner.
With 20 minutes remaining Toby Alderweireld forced Cech into a sharp save with his header from point-blank range following Erik Lamela's cross, and it proved crucial as Arsenal restored parity seven minutes later.
Ozil took possession on the right flank and cut the ball back inside before swinging a delightful ball over to the far post, where Gibbs pounced at full stretch, although Lloris was partly at fault for the goal as the keeper lost his balance at the crucial moment.
Lloris was back to his best in the closing stages as the Gunners looked to go on and steal all three points, the Frenchman pulling of a smart reaction save to deny compatriot Giroud on 84 minutes and ensure a point for Spurs.