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Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

By Phil McNultyBBC Sport chief football writer at Emirates
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's strike kept Arsenal above Tottenham in the table
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain scores first goal of the season
  • Ramsey and Arteta go off injured
  • Arsenal enjoy 69% possession
  • Spurs have six shots to Arsenal's 16

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ensured honours were even as Arsenal and Tottenham fought out an entertaining north London derby at Emirates.

Nacer Chadli's fourth goal in five Premier League appearances this season gave Spurs the lead early in the second half, but Oxlade-Chamberlain hit back with 15 minutes to go.

Arsenal, disrupted by first-half injuries to Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey, pressed for a winner but Mauricio Pochettino's side stood strong in defence and ultimately a draw was the right result.

Arsene Wenger frustrated by 'dropped points'

The result moves Arsenal into the top four behind predictable pace-setters Chelsea and Manchester City, as well as Southampton, who continue their excellent start to the season.

Spurs boss Pochettino confessed his disappointment at the manner of his side's display in the home defeat to West Bromwich Albion last weekend but there was plenty on show here to satisfy the Argentine.

And Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger, while perhaps wanting more than a draw at home, will also have been pleased at the resilience they showed in the face of the enforced changes that had an impact on their rhythm.

Alexis Sanchez's relegation to the bench was surprising, given his early influence on Arsenal's season, but the Chilean has had a busy schedule following his £32m summer move from Barcelona.

Nacer Chadli
Nacer Chadli scored his fourth goal in five Premier League appearances this season for Spurs

The main feature of the first half was Pochettino's constant technical area exhortations for his players to press Arsenal in possession, a demand that led to very visible rebukes for Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor within seconds in the opening half.

Adebayor will have further drawn his manager's disapproval when he dawdled over a clear chance with time and space inside Arsenal's area, while Chadli was also wasteful when in a good position.

Arsenal's were hit by those injuries to Arteta and Ramsey, which necessitated their replacement by Mathieu Flamini and Santi Cazorla before half-time. Jack Wilshere also required lengthy treatment after turning his right ankle.

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey had to be substituted due to a hamstring problem just before the break

The main moment of danger to Spurs came when clever footwork from Ramsey to set up Oxlade-Chamberlain, but his shot from the edge of the area was well saved by keeper Hugo Lloris.

Pochettino's message to Eriksen about putting Arsenal under pressure was understood and it played a key role as Spurs went ahead 11 minutes after the interval. The Dane pinched possession from Flamini and played in Chadli to finish cooly.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino on draw

Arsenal's response was instant and Lloris pulled off a magnificent save low down to keep out Per Mertesacker's header - but Spurs were unable to survive renewed pressure from the Gunners and the equaliser came after 75 minutes.

Sanchez - on for Wilshere - crossed and Danny Welbeck's wild air shot in front of goal wrong-footed the Spurs defence, leaving Oxlade-Chamberlain to lash high past Lloris.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "I am frustrated because we dropped two points and I am frustrated because we didn't make enough of our set-pieces. You want to be rewarded for the work you put in.

When asked if Ramsey and Arteta would be fit for the Champions League game on Wednesday, Wenger said: "No chance. If it is a muscular problem I don' t see how they can be fit in five or six days time."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "I think it is a good result for us. Maybe Arsenal controlled the game and had the ball more than us but we played well and defended well.

"We scored a great goal. This is our philosophy, which is difficult to keep for 90 minutes at the moment, but we are on our way."

Kieran Gibbs and Erik Lamela
There was plenty of action but little quality in the first half at the Emirates
Tottenham celebrate
Tottenham scored the opening goal but had only four shots on target during the match
Younes Kaboul
Younes Kaboul was excellent at the heart of Tottenham's busy defence
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earned Arsenal a point with his first goal of the season



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Szczesny
  • 21ChambersBooked at 86mins
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6Koscielny
  • 3Gibbs
  • 8ArtetaSubstituted forFlaminiat 28'minutes
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainBooked at 12mins
  • 16RamseySubstituted forCazorlaat 45+1'minutes
  • 10WilshereBooked at 22minsSubstituted forSánchezat 63'minutes
  • 11Özil
  • 23Welbeck


  • 7Rosicky
  • 9Podolski
  • 13Ospina
  • 17Sánchez
  • 19Cazorla
  • 20Flamini
  • 34Coquelin


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 16Naughton
  • 4Kaboul
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 3RoseBooked at 83minsSubstituted forDierat 83'minutes
  • 38MasonBooked at 72mins
  • 29Capoue
  • 11LamelaBooked at 27mins
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forLennonat 62'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 22ChadliBooked at 57minsSubstituted forBentalebat 80'minutes
  • 10AdebayorBooked at 69mins


  • 7Lennon
  • 9Soldado
  • 13Vorm
  • 15Dier
  • 17Townsend
  • 21Fazio
  • 42Bentaleb
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Match Stats

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Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Eric Dier.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Eric Dier.

  5. Post update

    Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Eric Dier.

  8. Booking

    Calum Chambers (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Calum Chambers (Arsenal).

  10. Post update

    Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Calum Chambers (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Eric Dier replaces Danny Rose because of an injury.

  14. Booking

    Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nabil Bentaleb replaces Nacer Chadli.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Danny Rose.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Calum Chambers (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.