“That’s all you can do and I think we did that today”. Having required a courageous stop from Ospina to deny Kane from Alderweireld’s flick on, Wenger’s men left the defender unmarked to slam home from Lamela’s 60th minute corner.
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.
Kane continued his own fine form against Arsenal, scoring his fourth goal in three league games against the north London rivals in spectacular style, curling a strike from the left-hand edge of the penalty area past David Ospina and into the far corner. But (the way) I look at it, if the back four play well it doesn’t matter who’s in goal. We got lucky to grab a point…
Spurs pressed their advantage right away and very almost scored twice: both Erik Lamela and Harry Kane had fantastic efforts that almost went in; Kane’s in particular was less than an inch from crossing the line but was ruled out via goal line technology.
In midfield, the manager introduced Mohamed Elneny for his first Premier League start, while Wenger’s frustrations at his side’s recent efforts up front prompted his decision to start with Danny Welbeck. “It’ll be a tough game, but it’ll be a good one to watch“.
“Dele and I were chasing the ball down, he got there first and managed to do a lovely little backheel”, he said.
“We had all the ingredients to win the game [against Swansea], but football is football – it is cruel sometimes”.
Early in the second half, Walker was allowed to advance and test Ospina with a stinging drive, although Arsenal remained relatively comfortable until Coquelin erred decisively in the 55th minute.
“We turned it around in two minutes and then you feel disappointed and frustrated, because it was 10 versus 11″.
If it is not already tempting to believe their hopes of a first title in 12 years are nearly over, it will become hard to avoid that conclusion should they lose to Spurs.