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Arsenal v Tottenham - Story of the match

Published 06/11/2016

Mousa Dembele, left, impressed on Sunday
Mousa Dembele, left, impressed on Sunday

Harry Kane returned from seven weeks on the sidelines to score a second-half penalty and secure Tottenham a draw in their north London derby meeting with Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

The England striker was recalled to the starting line-up after missing the last 10 games with an ankle injury and made it five goals in as many games against the Gunners when he tucked away from the penalty spot as Tottenham extended their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a battling 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

While Kane's return was expected, Mauricio Pochettino's switch in formation to play three central defenders was not but, after initially struggling against the new system, it was Arsenal who went in ahead at half-time courtesy of a Kevin Wimmer own goal.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"FT 1-1. Disappointing performance by Arsenal. Lacked fire & finishing. #NLD" - Arsenal fan Piers Morgan ( @piersmorgan).

STAR MAN

Mousa Dembele

Due to a mixture of suspension and injury, it has been a stop-start season for Dembele to date, but he always has an impact on a game when he is involved.

He relished the midfield battle against tough-tacklers Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin and also offered an option in attack.

Kane's goal ratio is much higher with the Belgium international in the side and it was maybe therefore fitting that it was Dembele who won the penalty which saw the returning forward earn Tottenham a point.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Mauricio Pochettino opted to start fit-again Kane in the biggest match of Tottenham's season to date and it paid dividends as he netted the equaliser from the penalty spot.

But the Argentinian also decided to begin the game with a different system, deploying three centre-backs as Eric Dier joined Wimmer and Jan Vertonghen in the heart of the defence.

It worked in the early stages but Arsenal got on top after adjusting their own system and it will be interesting to see if Pochettino sticks to the new system moving forward.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Wimmer may have inadvertently sent a perfectly-placed header past his own goalkeeper to put Arsenal ahead but opinion was split on whether the goal should have stood, given Arsenal had at least two players stood in offside positions when Mesut Ozil swung in his free-kick.

There appears to be no clarity on the subject, with the interpretation of whether a player is interfering with play or not far too wide to be judged accurately and consistently by officials.

RATINGS

Arsenal

Petr Cech 6 (out of 10)

Hector Bellerin 7

Laurent Koscielny 6

Shkodran Mustafi 5

Nacho Monreal 7

Francis Coquelin 6

Granit Xhaka 7

Alex Iwobi 7

Mesut Ozil 7

Theo Walcott 7

Alexis Sanchez 6

Substitutes

Aaron Ramsey (for Coquelin, 64) 7

Olivier Giroud (for Iwobi, 70) 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Walcott 70) 7

Tottenham -

Hugo Lloris 6

Eric Dier 7

Kevin Wimmer 5

Jan Vertonghen 7

Kyle Walker 6

Mousa Dembele 8

Victor Wanyama 7

Danny Rose 6

Christian Eriksen 7

Son Heung-min 6

Harry Kane 6

Substitutes -

Vincent Janssen (for Kane, 72) 6

Kieran Trippier (for Walker, 80) 7

Harry Winks (for Son, 89) 5

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