Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs, the two consistent teams in English Premier League this season, have once again proved that they would not be leaving an inch for the opponents, as the North London derby ended in a thrilling draw, thus both teams getting there fair share of one point. Saka scored from a penalty early in the second half, but Spurs skipper Son nonchalantly scored a brace to maintain their unbeaten streak intact.
A wild North London derby
North London derbies are one of the thrilling encounters in Premier League football, which gets on the spotlight every season. Owing to the teams and players from both sides, this heavyweight clash always receives the hype it deserves, thus making it one of the famous games in the history of Premier League. This season, it was not an exception as the first London derby of the season ends in a thrilling 2-2 draw, as both teams continue to remain unbeaten in the League, thus sharing spoils among themselves. A horrible own goal from Argentine World Cup winning defender Cuti Romero led to the first goal for Arsenal, as the Gunners drew the first blood in the game, but Tottenham skipper and main man, Son Heung-Min was on target twice to salvage the pride of his team, as Ange Postecoglouo’s men continue to extend their stay at the second position, and breathing on Manchester City.
With a heavyweight clash on the cards for both teams, master tacticians from both sides were potent enough to brandish their perfect eleven, as it was a question of pride and reputation in a big game like this. For Arsenal, Mikel Arteta started his current favorite custodian, David Raya, on the goal, who was closely supported by defenders White, Saliba, Gabriel and Zinchenko. The midfield comprised the seasoned Rice, Viera and Odegaard, as the Norwegian star comes out to lead the side with which he has signed a contract extension till 2028, as the frontal attack comprised Saka, Jesus and Nketiah, as the veteran Martinelli missed out the game owing to a hamstring injury he suffered in last game against Everton.
For Ange Postecoglou, the former Celtic master went with his 4-3-3 formation, as Vicario being the regular name under the goal. He was supported by Porro, Romero, Udogie and van de Ven. Midfield comprised former Leicester man Maddison, Sarr and Bissouma, as captain Son was given the responsibility of spearheading the attack, accompanied by Kulusevski and youngster Johnson.
A horrendous own goal
Cristian Romero, the World Cup winner with Argentina and a star who has earned lots of laurels in the last year owing to his swashbuckling performances in the Premier League while sporting the Spurs jersey, was wrongly instrumental in Arsenal’s first goal in the match. Although initially though to be a Saka goal, but it was the Argentina star who deflected the ball past his own keeper. Arsenal youngster and hero Bukayo Saka, who curled the ball past the corner, was pivotal in the first goal for the Gunners, as Spurs defenders Udogie was not reportedly in the scene, thus leaving Romero to thwart off attacks. The Argentine, in attempt to set the ball away from danger, instead shovels it past Vicario, as Arsenal led the score 1-0 with 25 minutes on clock, thus leading to widespread exasperation within the Emirates stadium. Saka hit the “dart-throw” celebration resembling Maddison, as he took a dig at their opponents.
Son equalizes for Spurs
Son Heung-Min, the Korean star who is also leading the side this season after the departure of their veteran Harry Kane who is plying his trade at German champions Bayern Munich, was instrumental in pulling one back for the Spurs. Against the run of play, it was Arsenal backline at fray once again, as they failed to clear the ball, as Maddison was clever enough to pick the ball, getting better of Saka. The former Leicester City man nonchalantly passed it to Son, who calmly finished the shot with his quick response, as the Gunners’ backline stood numb for this equalizer, as the Korean hero, silenced the entire Emirates.
Saka gets penalty
Cristian Romero was the villain one day for Spurs, as he achieved an unwanted double for the day, as his handball conceded the second goal of the night for Arsenal. Both sides went to half-time with 1-1 score line, thus poising for a climactic finish of the game. But, as soon as the clock struck 50th minute, Romero conceded a handball right at the edge of keeper’s area, as White controlled the ball to spin it into the goal, but Romero stretched his left hand, thus leading to referee giving it a penalty. Thus, Romero became the 11th player in the history of Premier League to score an own goal and concede a penalty. An unwanted double, indeed!
Saka, who stood up to slot the ball past Vicario, became the second goal scorer for Arsenal at the Emirates, thus the Gunners’ fans erupting in joy as they though, that they had the game all in their hands. He continued his impersonation of Maddison’s dart throw, as Arsenal edged ahead of Spurs in a high octane clash.
Son scores, again
Just when Arteta and the entire Emirates Stadium thought that they had won the game, Spurs skipper Son had other things in mind. This time, it was former Chelsea man Jorginho, whose fumble created the opportunity for a second goal for Son, as the experienced Italian failed to dally the ball past Maddison, as the latter pinched the ball only to slot it to Son, who tucks the ball past Raya, as Son erupted in front of the travelling Spurs fans, silencing the Emirates ground, and equally, Arteta. It has become a routine for Ange Postecoglou’s men as they are getting into the groove of getting in to scoring late goals, and salvaging pride and reputation. Last week, it was against Sheffield as they scored two stoppage time goals to seal the deal at the death.
With several substitutions and changes on the field, both sides seemed to get the better of the other, but it was destined to be a flashing stalemate, as both teams shared the honors in a statement game for the unbeaten teams in the League. Thus, the maiden clash between Arteta and Postecoglou ends in a thrilling draw, thus the North London teams keeping their unbeaten streak intact.