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Arsenal 2 – 2 Tottenham: Missed Opportunity

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A frustrating afternoon for Arsenal as they dropped a lead twice to draw 2-2 at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. 

It was a relentless game which saw the Gunners take the lead through Buakyo Saka’s opener which deflected in from Christian Romero. But control was lacking in a game that saw both sides attack without any thought of controlling the game.

The big decision before the game though was the David Raya, with Mikel Arteta being justified in the decision after the Spaniard made two fine saves from Brennan Johnson.

He was unable to keep out Son Heung-Min’s first goal, which came just before half-time. Arsenal restored their lead after 54 minutes when Romero was penalised for handball following the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee, Saka scoring from the spot.

However, less than 60 seconds later, Jorginho was dispossessed by James Maddison who fed Son for the equaliser.

It’s not a game that will have pleased Arteta, with the Gunners struggling to dominate the midfield, allowing Spurs countless opportunities to play through the third and hit them on the counter.

Rice picking up a knock will not have helped matters, but it was a sloppy game which will need addressing.

Who stood out?

David Raya is an obvious pick as he made several key saves to keep Arsenal in the game. It was a source of a debate, with the Spaniard pulling off a save that had Aaron Ramsdale applauding.

Eddie Nketiah looked lively throughout, with William Saliba and Gabriel looking assured in the defence but to put it bluntly, it wasn’t a positive day at the office.

Jorginho’s poor error in midfield granted Spurs a run on goal which they took advantage of and with Rice picking up his calf injury, it will leave Arteta sweating on the outcome of a possible scan.

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