Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Xhaka, Ozil, Iwobi, Walcott, Alexis
Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Gibbs, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Elneny, Giroud
Arsenal conceded a second half equaliser from the penalty spot as they drew 1-1 with Sp*rs at the Emirates today.
Arsene Wenger made some changes from the team which beat Ludogorets in midweek, with Alexis starting up front, Alex Iwobi back on the left, and Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin all returning to action.
The visitors had the first sight of goal when Walker headed over a Rose cross at the back post, and they should have made more of an opportunity when Son burst past Mustafi down the left but after getting into the box his final pass was thankfully quite poor.
Wimmer picked up a booking for a foul on Coquelin as both sides sized each other up, and Arsenal seemed very flat in the opening twenty minutes. That was summed up when they allowed Sp*rs to find a man too easily from a throw in, and when Eriksen crossed into the box, Kane’s flicked header skidded just wide of the post.
Arsenal’s attacking play was limited to some offsides, and a volley from Coquelin which hit Walcott and rebounded to safety. Alexis started a move which saw him fire a shot over the bar, and there were just some signs that the Gunners might be starting to get going.
Mesut Ozil fired wide from the edge of the box, and in the 32nd minute brilliant work from Sanchez and the German created Arsenal’s best chance of the game, but Iwobi’s side-footed attempt was tame and easily saved by Lloris.
We were almost ahead in the 38th minute when Walcott crashed a shot off the post with the keeper beaten and Ozil could only volley the first-time rebound over with his right foot.
It felt like a goal was coming, and so it was. When Bellerin was fouled in midfield, Mark Clattenburg awarded a free kick when he might have played an advantage. However, it worked out well as Ozil curled in the free kick, Wimmer saw two Arsenal men ahead of him, and nodded the ball into his own net. 1-0.
Arsenal took the lead into half-time and the second period began without any changes from either manager.
Koscielny was thankful to the pace of Bellerin after the defender’s whizzing tackle saved his blushes when he’d been nutmegged by Son, but the Arsenal captain was guilty moments later when he fouled Dembele in the box, giving Sp*rs a chance to equalise from the spot. Kane stepped up and made no mistake to make it 1-1.
When Clattenburg ignored two clear fouls on Ozil and Mustafi, there was a chance for Eriksen to put them ahead, but Cech made a smart save down at his right hand side.
The goal seemed to energise Sp*rs and but for an outstanding block by Monreal at the back post, Kane would have doubled his tally. At the other end an Iwobi cross almost found the head of Xhaka but the ball drifted agonisingly over the Swiss international’s head.
Arsene Wenger made his first change in the 64th minute, bringing on Aaron Ramsey for Coquelin. Koscielny picked up a yellow card for a foul on Kane, before the Arsenal manager showed his intentions by putting on Giroud and Oxlade-Chamberlain for Walcott and Iwobi in the 71st minute.
Ramsey fired one over, Bellerin saw a shot blocked at close range, and it was quite frenetic at times with no side taking real control or applying periods of pressure.
Arsenal had the post to thank in the 83rd minute when an Eriksen free kick from out wide bounced into the box and rebounded away off the upright. A dangerous Alexis cross was headed away from Giroud by Vertonghen, and there was almost a real mishap when Cech slipped as the ball was being played back to him, but he just got there ahead of Son.
Giroud directed a header straight at Lloris as we entered 5 minutes of added time, but there was to be no hero on the day and the game ended in the draw.