Alexis strikes as 10-man Arsenal hit back to hold Tottenham

Date published: Saturday 5th March 2016 2:36

Alexis Sanchez: Passionate about playing

Alexis Sanchez scored a 74th-minute equaliser as 10-man Arsenal prevented Tottenham going top of the Premier League in a thrilling 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime.

The two sides could not be separated in what was billed as one of the biggest derbies in the history of the fierce rivals and had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring for the visitors with a cute flick but, after Francis Coquelin saw red for the Gunners, Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane turned the game around inside two minutes.

Arsenal, who lost from a winning position against Swansea on Wednesday, kept plugging away and levelled through Alexis Sanchez’s first league goal since October – meaning Leicester have the chance to further extend their lead at the top on Saturday evening.

Tottenham were dominating the early stages without creating the chances – the first of which came on 25 minutes as Kyle Walker drilled in a cross which Erik Lamela turned towards goal and David Ospina made a superb save.

Coquelin was cautioned for handling the ball while on the ground as the Gunners struggled to get a foothold in the game, only for them to go ahead shortly afterwards.

Aaron Ramsey: Scores Arsenal's opener

Danny Welbeck squared the ball across the box to Hector Bellerin, who laid it into Ramsey to deftly flick home past Hugo Lloris.

Spurs were again in the ascendency after the break, Walker stinging the palms of Ospina with a drive from the edge of the box.

Arsenal then suffered the blow of seeing Coquelin sent off for a second bookable offence as he upended Kane on the touchline to receive his marching orders from Michael Oliver – leaving the visitors down to 10 for the last 35 minutes.

Tottenham nearly made their new-found advantage count immediately but Kane’s close-range effort was somehow kept out by Ospina, with goal-line technology showing only around an inch of the ball not over the line.

But the Colombian could do nothing to prevent Alderweireld drilling home from a similar position moments later after Christian Eriksen’s corner was diverted into his path by Lamela.

Harry Kane: Celebrates putting Spurs ahead

Kane then showed that he can make the difference in the title race, turning the game on its head with a memorable curling effort from an acute angle.

The England international had only managed one goal in his last six games going into the derby but came close to adding to Tottenham’s lead as he flashed a shot wide, as torrential rain began fall on White Hart Lane.

And Spurs made heavy weather of their task against 10 men as Sanchez levelled with a smart finish from Bellerin’s pass, with Lloris only able to get fingertips on the ball as it flashed past him.

Francis Coquelin: Battles with Dele Alli and Eric Dier

Eric Dier was lucky not to go the same way as Coquelin as he avoided picking up a second booking for pulling back substitute Olivier Giroud on the halfway line.

Ospina was on hand to tip a late Eriksen effort behind for a corner before Gabriel came close to gifting Spurs the win, slicing just wide of his own goal.

Ramsey was denied by Kevin Wimmer’s last-ditch challenge at the other end as the points were shared.

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Tottenham have lost just one of their last eight Premier League games against the Gunners at White Hart Lane (W4 D3 L1).

The Arsenal v Spurs fixture is the most common in Premier League history to see the team scoring first not going on to win (15 draws and eight comeback wins).

There have been 137 goals scored in this fixture in the Premier League; more than any other fixture in the competition.

Arsenal have now scored in 42 of their last 43 meetings with Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions.

12 of Aaron Ramsey’s last 15 Premier League goals have been scored away from home.

Harry Kane has now scored four goals in three Premier League appearances against Arsenal.

Kane has now scored 14 goals in 18 Premier League London derbies.

Only one player has scored more goals for Tottenham in the Premier League against Arsenal than Harry Kane (4) – Gareth Bale (5). Rafael van der Vaart also has four versus the Gunners for Spurs.

Harry Kane is the first Tottenham player to score in three successive Premier League North London derbies since Rafael van der Vaart (Nov 2010, Apr 2011 & Oct 2011).

Francis Coquelin is the sixth player to be given a red card for Arsenal against Spurs in the Premier League.

Coquelin was sent off on 54:20 and less than seven minutes later Spurs were 2-1 ahead in this game (Kane goal on 61:16).

David Ospina made nine saves in this match for Arsenal, the most by a Gunners’ goalkeeper in a Premier League game since Lukasz Fabianski (also 9) v Liverpool in April 2009.

Alexis Sánchez scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal since October.

Mohamed Elneny became the eighth player to make their first Premier League start in a North London derby (after Dickov, Lydersen, Shaaban for Arsenal and Gardner, O’Hara, Rose & Mason for Spurs).

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