Chamberlain earns Gunners point in north London derby
Arsenal came from a goal behind to take a point in a 1-1 draw against the old enemy Tottenham in the first North London derby of the season, at the Emirates this evening.
Tooenham took the lead through Nacer Chadli early in the second half, with the Gunners equalising through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 74th-minute goal to maintain the Arsenal’s unbeaten Premier League record .
Arsenal dominated possession in the first half and created a number of half-chances without ever looking they would beat Lloris in the Tottenham goal.
Aaron Ramsey was first to test the Tottenham keeper with a low drive, while Danny Welbeck left Jan Vertonghen with a neat swivel on the halfway-line and headed for goal, but Younes Kaboul blocked his shot for a corner.
Welbeck was involved in most of the Gunners’ most dangerous moments, collecting Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross to fire another attempt at Lloris and then setting-up Ramsey’s pass for Jack Wilshere, whose half-volley was clasped by the goalkeeper.
Ramsey’s close control set up an opportunity for Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose attempt was pushed clear by the diving Lloris, while Tottenham threatened only occasionally on the counter-attack.
However, they enjoyed a decent spell towards the end of the first period and Emmanuel Adebayor should have done better when a lay-off from Erik Lamela paas played him in on goal.
A shot on the turn by the ex-Gunners striker finally brought Wojciech Szczesny into action in added time – but it was still hard to envisage the first goal going in the visitors’ favour.
That looked unlikely to change at the start of the second period when Arsenal put together a slick passing sequence and Mesut Ozil’s effort was parried by Lloris.
However against the run of play, Tottenham took the lead on 56 minutes when Christian Eriksen robbed Mathieu Flamini and passed to Lamela, who slid the ball through for Chadli to shoot past Szczesny.
Arsenal almost equalised immediately through Per Mertesacker but Lloris saved his header on the line.
Then when Ozil’s cross deflected to him Calum Chambers hit swerving volley just over the crossbar.
With 16 minutes Lamela miscued the ball into the path of Alexis and he set up fellow substitute Santi Cazorla for a cross. Welbeck’ missed it, but Oxlade-Chamberlain .was on hand to fire it high into the net.
The Gunners looked the more likely to carve out a winner in the closing stages but, despite five minutes of added time, Tottenham’s defence held firm to secure a point.
Arsenal: Szczesny 6; Chambers 7, Mertesacker 7, Koscielny 7, Gibbs 7; Arteta 6 (Flamini 28, 5); Oxlade-Chamberlain 8, Ramsey 6 (Cazorla 45, 6), Wilshere 7 (Sanchez 63, 6), Ozil 7; Welbeck 7.