Before the game, it was billed as the biggest North London Derby and the pressure on Arsenal to get something from the game was massive. With two poor performances against Manchester United and Swansea City, Arsenal were struggling badly and an in-form Tottenham Hotspur, at White Hart Lane, was the last thing we needed. They did lose to West Ham midweek but prior to that had won 6 Premier League games on the bounce – they were certainly the in-form team going into this match.
But what happened was Tottenham completely bottled it. Playing at home in front of their own supporters, they had the perfect chance to put the final nail in Arsenal’s coffin. And to make matters worse for Arsenal, they gave them a huge helping hand.
Arsenal looked solid for the most part in the first half and took the lead after some excellent play from Danny Welbeck and Hector Bellerin. The Spaniard’s cross found Ramsey inside the box and his back-heel goal was exquisite. Arsenal went into half time 1-0 up and we looked more than comfortable.
But then Tottenham had a ridiculously huge amount of luck as everything went for them and the sequence of events gave the home team the perfect opportunity to not only beat Arsenal but to knock their fiercest rivals out of the title race.
But fortunately for us, Tottenham do what they always do which is lose their bottle when it matters.
Already on a yellow card, Francis Coquelin dived in on Harry Kane and received a second yellow for a late challenge. No arguments about the sending off but it meant we had it all to do with 35 minutes left of the game to play.
Tottenham obviously pushed for a goal and a very very fortunately bounce from a corner found Alderwhatever and he had a tap in from close range.
With Arsenal heads down Tottenham had a perfect chance to kill the game off and a curling effort from Harry Kane put the home side 2-1 up. After that, it was hard to see how Arsenal would get back into this game – 2-1 down against Tottenham away from home, and with only 10 men.
It would have taken a miracle to get anything from this game.
Fortunately, Tottenham do what they do best and bottled it. Alexis Sanchez snatched a hugely important goal on 76 minutes and we had a golden chance to win it when Aaron Ramsey found himself through on goal with seconds remaining. But it wasn’t to be and to get a draw from such a dire situation that we found ourselves in was a huge result for Arsenal.
The positives we can take from this performance and result mean we can definitely overcome Tottenham in the league and see how close we can get to Leicester.
Tottenham on the other hand will have a lot of regrets from the game, ruing a fantastic chance to cement their title credentials and gain vital ground in the title race.