The heavy-weight clash between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, known as the North London Derby, ended in a thrilling 2-2 encounter. Both sides showed aggression on the crease, which started with an own-goal by Spurs defender Cristian Romero.
It was a bad day for Spurs defender Cristian Romero today, but Maddison and Son showed great resilience. Captain Son Heung-min scored a brace to earn a hard-fought point against the Gunners. In the end, the match ended in a 2-2 tie at Emirates Stadium.
Before coming to the Emirates Stadium, Tottenham Hotspurs were on a four-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Arsenal are also in a good shape this season. Both teams have equal points in the league table so far, and today’s North London Derby was a chance to make a deficit.
As a result, managers from both sides deployed their best possible XI at Emirates Stadium. Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou set up the team formation with 4-2-3-1, where skipper Son Heung-min led the front line with the backing of James Madddison. Besides, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta played his team in a classic 4-3-3 formation.
However, the clash started with both teams playing very attacking football from the very first minute. Despite being the visitors, Tottenham dominated the first 20 minutes indeed. But Argentine World Cup winner Cristian Romero let the Spurs down with an own-goal. He put the ball into his own net rather than clearing off Saka’s shot in the 26th minute.
But Tottenham’s response was very impressive after conceding this goal. Captain Son Heung-min was unstoppable for the Spurs, and the skipper stepped up to rescue the team. Midfielder James Maddison set up the ball for Son and the skipper scored the leveler just before the first half with a brilliant finish. Therefore, the first half ended in a 1-1 tie.
Returning from the break, Spurs defender Cristian Romero made another mistake! Romero has been a top performer for Tottenham Hotspurs since the start of the season, but this evening is a disaster for him.
In the 52nd minute, Cristian Romero made a handball inside the back, which earned a penalty for Arsenal after the VAR Check. Bukayo Saka, who scored the first one, came forward to take the spot kick. However, the young forward made no mistake and helped Arsenal take the lead once again.
But guess what? Tottenham Hotspur took only 60 seconds to find the equalizer again. Captain Son Heung-min scored that goal with the help of James Maddison, the provider of the first goal.
After that, both sides had several chances but failed to score. As a result, the game ended in a 2-2 tie. Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal now have an equal 14 points after playing the first six games.