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5 top stories from the North London derby

Continuing a historic tradition, the two giants of English football met up once again on the northern side of the English capital for derby day.

Sunday’s North London derby was the highlight of the English Premier League’s fourth Gameweek and it provided the spectacle of an epic tussle between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.

We witnessed quite the battle where both teams sought three points after the end of the 90th minute to recover from their Gameweek 3 defeats. Here are our takeaways from the Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspurs match that took place on Sunday.

Home team’s early domination

The kick-off saw Arsenal dominate in the early seconds of the match. An interception won by Aubameyang in enemy territory was followed by a dangerous cross in by Kolasinac that found Nicolas Pepe outside the rushers’ line. The shot was off target, but overall, it seemed like the home team displayed early signs of domination.

Spurs with a breakthrough

Son collected the ball cleared away by Lloris to provide a calculative through ball for Lamela, who outpaced Maitland Niles, striking a grounder to the bottom left corner of the goal.

The Gunners’ goalkeeper managed to deflect the ball in the side as he dove down to the ground. But Eriksen was on his way to capitalise on the loose ball, giving Spurs a breakthrough in the match as they led 1-0.

Double delight for the away team

Having turned the tables on Arsenal so convincingly, Tottenham were about to double their tally. A mistimed tackle to Son in the Arsenal defensive box produced a penalty in the 38th minute. And this time, the star Englishman Harry Kane brought his team a double delight after converting the spot kick into the back of the net.

Game on for the Gunners

In spite of the demoralising turn of events, Arsenal kept their nerve and were desperately looking to go into half-time with a goal to their name. Finally, during the 46th minute, Pepe sneaked in a pass to Alexander Lacazette, who gushed the ball past Lloris to make it 2-1 for his team. It was game on for the Gunners after the stadium heard a half-time whistle.

A nail-biting second half

The next 45 minutes were going to decide the fate of the derby and was also going to be a tough test for the two goal keepers on the pitch. The ending stages of the game turned into a nail-biting half for the Arsenal fans.

While searching for some answers, Unai Emre’s team finally broke the deadlock when Aubameyang sneaked up behind the Spurs defense, equalising for the Gunners in the 71st minute of the match. At the end of the 90th minute, both the teams were rewarded with two goals each, leaving behind a memorable derby day at the Emirates Stadium.

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