Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Thrilling north london derby ends in a draw
Posted : 24 September 2023
Tottenham staged a thrilling comeback in the north London derby against Arsenal, twice equalizing to secure a hard-fought point at Emirates Stadium.
The match was intense from the start, with Arsenal taking the lead in the 26th minute as Bukayo Saka's shot deflected off Spurs defender Cristian Romero into his own net.
Arsenal's manager Mikel Arteta had made a bold choice by starting David Raya in goal over Aaron Ramsdale, and Raya justified that decision with two impressive saves, denying Brennan Johnson as Spurs pushed for an equalizer.
However, Raya's performance was marred just three minutes before halftime when he failed to clear a cross properly, leading to an attack that concluded with James Maddison crossing for Son Heung-min to score with a delicate finish, leveling the score for Spurs.
Arsenal regained their lead in the 54th minute after Romero was penalized for handball following a VAR review, and Saka converted the penalty.
But Spurs, under their new manager Ange Postecoglou and displaying a more positive approach, quickly responded. Jorginho, who came on at halftime for the injured Declan Rice, lost possession to Maddison, who set up Son for another composed finish, once again equalizing for Tottenham.