Arsenal held at home by Tottenham in season’s first North London Derby
Both teams remain undefeated in the Premier League
The first North London Derby of the Premier League 2023-24 season ended in a 2-2 draw. Arsenal took the lead twice in the match but Son Heung-min came to the rescue of Tottenham Hotspur twice in the game. Both teams are level on points, with Spurs having a better goal difference.
Two undefeated teams and North London rivals started the match at the Emirates Stadium. Mikel Arteta was without Gabriel Martinell and Leandro Trossard for this crucial match. Brennan Johnson made his first start for Spurs.
Arsenal broke the deadlock in the 26th minute after Saka’s shot was deflected into the back of the net by Cristian Romero. The Gunners were favourites to win three points and this was their first step to register a win in the first London Derby of the season. Spurs captain Son Heung-min equalised for his team in the 42nd minute and was assisted by James Maddison. He created his third goal of the season.
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The second half saw Arsenal taking the field without Declan Rice. He had minor injury issues and was taken off at halftime. However, Mikel Arteta’s team took the momentum within the first 10 minutes. A penalty was awarded to the Gunners after Romero’s handball. Saka found the back of the net and gave his side the lead. However, the lead was cut short and Spurs equalised. Maddison won the ball from Jorginho and then created a goal for Son.
There were a lot of stoppages in the second half and ten minutes were added at the end of the 90 minutes. Arsenal were looking like the favourites to take the three points, but Tottenham Hotspur were organised. The match ended in a draw.
Tottenham Hotspur sit fourth in the standing after six games and the Gunners are just behind them. Arteta’s men play against Bournemouth next, while Ange Postecoglou’s men have a tough test at home against Liverpool.