A really poor performance in the first half gave us an uphill battle in the second half, but we salvaged a point from an annoyingly decent Tottenham side.
We looked excellent in the opening few minutes, and it looked likely to be an exciting game. Arsenal appeared to be the better side initially, but we were lacking that final ball.
Things soon changed though, and Spurs really started to control the game. Santi Cazorla was uncharacteristically poor in midfield, misplacing passes, delaying on the ball, and looking sluggish both on and off the ball.
Tottenham looked dangerous whenever they were on the ball, and we didn’t appear to have an answer. We deservedly went behind just after the half hour mark, but the manner in which we did so was really disappointing.
Danny Rose played a route one ball over our high-lined defence, with Per Mertesacker caught way out of position. Laurent Koscielny foolishly tried to play offside when there was no pressure on the ball – failing to learn from the first goal we conceded against Bayern Munich in midweek.
Harry Kane raced onto the simple ball over the top, and one-on-one with Petr Cech was able to slot it past him. 1-0.
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We had a fantastic chance to equalise before the end of the half, with Joel Campbell firing into the box from the right. He found Alexis Sanchez in some space, but the jaded Chilean was unable to flick it past Hugo Lloris.
Santi Cazorla was replaced by Mathieu Flamini at half time, with the Spaniard looking totally out of sorts. We were still far from our best after the break, but we looked far more likely to create something than we did in the first 45 – with Campbell a whisker away with a curling long range strike towards the far corner.
Olivier Giroud had been a little quiet, with a lack of service to the French forward a big problem. He had been dominating in the air though, and really should have headed home from a Mesut Özil free kick. Giroud wrestled himself free of the defender’s grasp, diving to get his head on the ball. It smashed agonisingly against the crossbar though, bouncing out for a goal kick.
The pair then linked up again, with Giroud this time heading narrowly wide from an Özil corner; it just didn’t look like it was going to be his night.
Cech made a superb reaction save to keep Toby Alderweireld out from a Tottenham corner, parrying his headed effort away from point blank.
With options limited on the bench, Arsene Wenger was only able to call on Kieran Gibbs. The England international isn’t known for his goalscoring, but just moments after coming on he grabbed that all important equaliser.
Özil put a great ball in from the right, with Giroud seeming like the intended target once again. Kyle Walker was drawn inwards to mark the forward, leaving Gibbs free at the far post. He threw his body at the ball, managing to force it past Hugo Lloris to find the back of the net. 1-1.
There were chances for both sides after that, but we looked the most likely to get the winning goal.
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Unfortunately that goal never came though, and we missed our chance to go top of the table after Manchester City stumbled against Aston Villa.