Hugo Lloris denied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s injury-time penalty to earn Tottenham Hotspur a draw in the North London Derby.
A controversial second-half saw both Lloris and Leno having to face two questionable penalties, and also a red card awarded by referee Anthony Taylor.
Earlier in the half, Harry Kane was wrongly ruled onside before being shoved over in the box by Shkodran Mustafi.
However, the England captain made no mistake from the spot to level the scores.
Spurs trailed for much of the game after Aaron Ramsey capitalised on a defensive error to give Arsenal the lead.
Davinson Sanchez’s mistimed header led to Alexandre Lacazette releasing Ramsey from his own half. The Welshman made no mistake to round Lloris and give his side the lead.
Deep into injury time, substitute Lucas Torreira was given a straight red card for a studs-up challenge for Danny Rose. The decision will divide opinion, as the Uruguayan was high but also clearly attempting to scope the ball.
Further, Rose was only given a yellow card for a studs-up challenge on Bernd Leno earlier in the half.
Arsenal were solid for much of the game and on the brink of a rare away clean sheet as the second-half progressed. However, a poor decision by the linesman following a free-kick gifted Kane a chance from twelve yards.
Aubameyang’s late miss from a penalty earned by a light challenge on him by Sanchez added salt to the Gunners’ wounds. Jan Vertonghen’s fantastic block to deny Aubameyang a certain goal following his miss was also reliant on the Belgian encroaching in the box as the Gabonese struck the penalty.
Although a frustrating result in their pursuit of a top-four place, Arsenal can take many positives from the match.
A gutsy team selection by Emery saw midfield mainstay Torreira and top-scorer Aubameyang omitted from the starting lineup. This XI gave the Gunners a good degree of control in the midfield and defence throughout the match.
Lacazette was lively too, capitalising well on the error in the first half to register the assist for Ramsey’s goal. However, he squandered the chance to double Arsenal’s lead early in the second half, prompting his substitution for Aubameyang.
Spurs avoid three successive defeats
Following defeats by Burnley and Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino’s were in need of a return to form ahead of the North London Derby.
However, Spurs lacked cutting edge and composure and were fortunate to be given a lifeline by Kane’s penalty.
Pochettino’s reluctance to change to a back four until late on was perplexing. When this change was made, the move of Danny Rose to midfield was equally baffling.
Spurs’ star man this season, Son Heung-min, is now goalless in three games and Sanchez consistently looks vulnerable in defence. This being said, Harry Kane’s return is very welcome ahead of a Champions League second leg next week.
Kane’s return will make Borussia Dortmund’s daunting task of overturning a 3-0 deficit on Tuesday even more difficult.
All in all, Spurs’ first league draw of the season was a good result given their poor performance.