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Penalty miss denies Arsenal derby win

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang misses late penalty; Aaron Ramsey and Harry Kane score in derby draw at Wembley

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw a last-gasp penalty saved as Arsenal drew 1-1 against Tottenham to leave Spurs four points ahead of their north London rivals in the top-four race, according to Sky Sports.

Aaron Ramsey, playing in his final north London derby before leaving to join Juventus in the summer, finished on the counter-attack after 16 minutes to put the Gunners ahead.

Spurs levelled from the penalty spot in the 74th minute through Harry Kane after he had been barged over by Shkodran Mustafi.

Player ratings

Tottenham: Lloris (7), Trippier (5), Alderweireld (6), Sanchez (5), Vertonghen (7), Rose (6), Wanyama (6), Sissoko (6), Eriksen (5), Son (5), Kane (7)

Subs: Lamela (5), Llorente (5)

Arsenal: Leno (7), Sokratis (8), Mustafi (5), Koscielny (6), Monreal (6), Guendouzi (6), Xhaka (6), Ramsey (7), Mkhitaryan (6), Iwobi (5), Lacazette (5)

Subs: Torreira (3), Aubameyang (4), Ozil (5)

Man of the match:Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Arsenal might have been aggrieved as Kane was offside before he was fouled, but they spurned the chance to snatch victory when Lloris saved Aubameyang’s penalty in the 89th minute and Jan Vertonghen blocked the follow-up shot on the line.

Lucas Torreira was then shown a straight red card in injury-time for a foul on Danny Rose.

The result maintains Spurs’ four-point advantage over Arsenal in the Premier League, but gives Manchester United and Chelsea a chance to close the gap when they play over the weekend. United play Southampton later on Saturday while Chelsea face Fulham on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

Spurs, though, should feel they escaped with a point after they looked to be heading for a third straight defeat following a largely flat display.

While there was surprise at Arsenal’s team selection, the visitors started better and Alexandre Lacazette spurned a glorious chance inside the opening two minutes when he scuffed a volley wide after the ball deflected to him kindly in the box.

But Arsenal did take the lead in the 16th minute after catching Tottenham on the break. Lacazette collected the ball on halfway and played through for Ramsey, who was all alone in the Spurs half and coolly finished by taking the ball around Hugo Lloris and then tapping into the empty net.

Spurs struggled for a response against a compact Arsenal defence.

Harry Kane had a goal disallowed for offside but otherwise the hosts enjoyed plenty of possession without seriously threatening until late in the half when Bernd Leno made a stunning double save to deny Christian Eriksen at point-blank range and then tip over the follow-up shot from Moussa Sissoko.

Spurs still looked subdued at the start of the second half and could have fallen further behind as Lacazette sliced wide from 12 yards out.

Toby Alderweireld volleyed into the side-netting from a free-kick but, just as Spurs’ hopes looked to be fading, they won a penalty when Mustafi barged Kane in the back.

Kane, who was offside when the free-kick was curled into the box, converted from the spot.

There was more drama to follow as Davinson Sanchez fouled Aubameyang in the box in the 89th minute and the referee pointed to the spot.

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  • The result ended Tottenham’s run of 28 Premier League games without a draw, the third longest run ever without a draw from the start of a top-flight season.
  • Arsenal remain the only side in the Premier League yet to register an away clean sheet this season.
  • Meetings between these sides in the Premier League have seen both teams score on 36 occasions – more than any other fixture in the competition.
  • No fixture in Premier League history has seen more goals from penalties than Arsenal v Spurs (18 – level with Everton v Newcastle).
  • Aaron Ramsey has been directly involved in three of Arsenal’s last four Premier League goals against Tottenham (1 goal, 2 assists).
  • Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette has registered a goal involvement in four consecutive Premier League games for the first time ever (3 goals, 1 assist).
  • Since his Premier League debut in August 2017, Alexandre Lacazette has been directly involved in 36 goals in the competition for Arsenal, more than any other player (26 goals, 10 assists).
  • Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored nine goals in nine Premier League north London derbies, eclipsing Emmanuel Adebayor (8).
  • Harry Kane has scored nine of Tottenham’s last 12 Premier League goals against Arsenal; only Wayne Rooney (12) and Robbie Fowler (10) have scored more Premier League goals against the Gunners.
  • Lucas Torreira is the first player to pick up a red card as a substitute for Arsenal in the Premier League since Robin Van Persie against Stoke in November 2008.

Man of the match – Sokratis Papastathopoulos

The Arsenal centre-back produced an assured display and kept Harry Kane quiet for most of the match. He made a key intervention in the first half to prevent Kane finishing from close range and played an important role in keeping Spurs at bay.

What’s next?

Tottenham face Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday, leading 3-0 from the first leg at Wembley. Spurs travel to Southampton in the Premier League next Saturday.

Arsenal travel to Rennes for the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash on Thursday before hosting Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.

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