Two sublime pieces of finsihing from in-form Tottenham striker Harry Kane settled this entertaining north London derby. Arsenal took the lead through Mesut Ozil’s volley that had a hint of offside about it, but they were grateful to keeper David Ospina for making a string of fine saves to keep the hosts at bay. But Kane turned the game in the second half with a close-range finish and then an exquisite header in-front of watching England manager Roy Hodgson.
Spurs run down the clock, the final whistle is blown and White Hart Lane erupts!
Spurs make their final change with Paulinho on for Mason.
Ozil’s corner is cleared and Ramsey is booked for a foul on Bentaleb.
Monreal tries a shot from the edge of the box that deflects off Dier and out for a corner.
Bentaleb booked for a foul on Ramsey.
We will have a minimum of four minutes added time.
Spurs also make a late change with Benjamin Stambouli on for Lamela.
Arsenal make a change with Chuba Akpom on for Coquelin
Great finish from a player in form and food for thought for watching England manager Roy Hodgson.
Bentaleb swings in a delightful cross that Kane meets and guides the ball back across goal and into the far corner.
GOAL! Kane heads Spurs into the lead.
Rose gets in a cross that is headed clear by Koscielny and Arsenal clear their lines.
Arsenal are now having a little spell of pressure, but play has become untidy so perhaps both sides are now satisfied with a point.
Giroud is booked for a foul on Mason.
Eriksen sees the run of Chadkli inside the Arsenal box and tries to slip the ball to him, but Ospina sees the danger and gathers.
Ramsey thinks he has won a corner off Dier and is amazed when a goalkick is given.
Spurs clear the resulting free kick and counter through Eriksen whose cross is met by Lamela in the box but he blazes the ball wide.
Mason is booked for kicking the ball away after Ramsey is fouled by Vertonghen.
The change is made with Walcott on for Welbeck.
Walker leads a Spurs attack but Mertesacker gets an important fot in to win it back.
Walcott is about t come on for Arsenal and personally I’m surprised we’ve not seen him sooner.
Tottenham’s first change sees Nacer Chadli on for Dembele.
Ozil gets in a cross and Giroud meets it but has to lean back to get to it and is unable to get it on target.
Another frantic passage of play anmd I think’s it’s fair to say we will get another one before the final whistle.
Eriksen takes in and clears the wall, but it’s too high and no danger to keeper Ospina.
Giroud brings down Mason with a clumsy tackle and Spurs have a free kick in a dangerous position 25 yards out.
Mason volleys the ball into the Arsenal box and Koscielny controls the ball on his chest before clearing. There are penalty appeasls, but mainly from the home fans.
Rose again coesm to his side’s rescue with a flying header to clear a dangerous cross from Monreal.
Arsenal press through Welbeck but Rose is on hand to clear Tottenham’s lines.
Arsenal make the game’s first change wth Tomas Rosicky on for Cazorla.
Monreal goes down after a strong challenge from Lamela but is OK to carry on.
The game has really exploded into life in the last few minutes and is stil very much in the balance.
Bentaleb shoots from 25 yards and it’s parried by Ospina who also does well to block Kane’s follow up but the offside flag is up in any case.
Spurs win a corner and Dier heads goalwards but Francis Coquelin gets it clear.
Koscielny is given a free header from the resulting corner but from six yards it’s straight at Lloris who saves.
Arsenal counter and Welbeck cuts in from the left and his curling shot is pushed aside for a corner by Lloris.
Spurs are piling it on and Walker’s cross-cum-shot is parried by Ospina and it rolls across goal with Kane not able to get a touch.
Rose gets down the left once more and pings over a loss cross that flashes across the face of goal.
Lamela’s corner was flicked on by Dembele and although Ospina gets a fist on it. the ball drops to Kane who sidefoots home from sixt-yards.
GOAL! Kane brings Spurs level with his 21st goal of the season.
Mason again tries his luck from distance but his shot deflects off Koscielny and out for a corner.
A quiet start at the beginning of the second-half, certainly not as frantic as most of the first-half had been.
Eriksen’s free kick is poor and Giroud is able to head clear at the near post.
Koscielny booked for a foul on Dembele.
Spurs clear the resulting corner but that was a bright moment for the visitors and there haven’t been too many in the final third.
Welbeck takes the ball off Kane deep inside his own half and Arsenal launch a swift counter that results in Cazorla’s curling shot from the edge of the box being pushed round the post by Lloris.
Lamela finds space down the Spurs right but his cross is headed clear by Mertesacker.
There is another flare-up between Rose and Welbeck close to the touchline, with the Spurs defender ending up on the ground but no action is taken by the referee.
Bentaleb gets an early sight of the Arsenal goal but has to cut across the ball and sends it well wide.
Arsenal get the second period under way and neither side have made a change at the break.
Spurs will be wondering how they are trailing to arch rivals Arsenal after having dominated most of the first-half at White Hart Lane. Gunners keeper David Ospina has made a string of fine saves, but against the run of play Arsenal snatched the lead courtesy of a crisp finish from Mesut Ozil, with debates still raging about whether it was offside.
The half-time whistle goes and immediately there is another clash between Welbeck and Rose with players from both sides having to pull them apart.
Eriksen puts the free-kcik into a crowded box but Ospina dives full length to clear.
Welbeck booked for a foul on Rose and we will have a minimum of two minutes added time.
Spurs have a free kick 40 yards out, but once again Arsenal are able to clear.
Eriksen whips in a dangerous free-kick that Welbeck has to head behind for a corner at the far post. Arsenal clear the corner as we approach half time.
Monreal booked for a foul on Walker.
Kane fires the ball across the face of goal but there’s a late flag and he’s adjudged offside.
Ospina makes a mess of kick out, slipping over as he struck it much to the amusement of the home fans.
Clever feet by Kane on the edge of the box sees him work a shooting opportunity but he pulls his shot wide.
Eriksen plays the ball into the Arsenal box and Ospina comes to almost the edge of the box to punch clear and takes Kane out as well. The home striker asks the referee for a penalty but nothing doing.
Giroud wins the ball in the box and heads it back to Welbeck but his flick is wayward and Spurs clear their lines.
Arsenal have a free-kick just inside the Spurs half after a crunching tackle by Bentaleb on Ramsey.
No doubts about that as a booking and Giroud needs treatment before he is able to carry on.
Kane is booked for a late challenge on Giroud.
It’s end-to-end now and Lloris has to be alert to race off his line and gather at the feet of Welbeck.
Spurs counter and Lamela puts the ball well over from the edge of the box as he was forced to stretch.
Bellerin curls in a cross looking for the run of Giroud, but it’s too close to Lloris who gathers.
Dembele goes for a shot from distance but it’s well wide and Arsenal have a goalkick and a chance to ease some of the pressure.
Eriksen puts this one on the penalty spot but Koscielny is first to it and clears.
Mertesacker blcoks a cross from Bentaleb and Spurs have another corner.
Mason lets fly from all of 30 yards and Ospina throws himself to his left to push the ball round the post, before the corner is cleared.
Giroud is currently limping but there is no movement on the Arsenal bench so I assume he will try to run it off.
The hosts are enjoying good possession, but when it is played forward Kane is muscled off it by Mertesacker.
Arsenal have had to soak up plenty of pressure so far, but they have done so with relatively few alarms.
Eriksen wins a corner for Spurs and takes it himself, but Ospina comes off his line and makes a comfortable catch.
Dembele wastes a chance to get in a shot after Arsenal gave the ball away. He opts to cut inside allowing Koscielny to get a foot in.
Left-back Rose has been Tottenham’s most potent weapon going forward so far and has been a real threat.
Again Rose gets to the byline after outpacing Welbeck, but his cross is too deep and goes out for an Arsenal goalkick.
Mousa Dembele finds Rose on the overlap and his low cross-cum-shot fizzes wide of the far post with Kyle Walker just unable to get a touch.
Nabil Bentaleb sidesteps Aaron Ramsey 25 yards and shoots but drags his shot wide.
Spurs then win a corner but again the Arsenal rearguard stands firm. The Gunners are leading but you would have to say it is against the run of play.
Eriksen jinks his way into the box but there are too many Arsenal shirts around him and Francis Coquelin is able to clear.
Spurs are pressing hard and Santi Cazorla has to clear his lines and finally we have that frantic pace you expect from a derby.
Replays suggest Ozil was being played onside by Dier so that’s his third goal in as many games.
Hector Bellerin gets in a cross that bounces up and hits Ryan Mason on the arm – there are half-hearted appeals for a penalty but referee Martin Atkinson waves play on.
Rose again finds acres of space and his low show is parried by Ospina as the hosts look to hit back immediately.
Welbeck shows lightning pace to get away on the halfway line and he pulls the ball back for Giroud who miscues his shot, but it goes to Ozil who produces a great first-time volley past Lloris with Spurs appealing in vain for offside.
GOAL! Mesut Ozil volleys Arsenal into the lead.
Rose then shows his defensive qualities to get the ball ahead of Danny Welbeck.
Danny Rose fionds space down the Spurs left but his whipped in cross is too close to Ospina who gathers at the second attempt.
Spurs play the resulting corner short but Eriksen’s cross is cleared and it’s the hosts who have made the better start here.
Great fingertip save by Ospina who stays down and needs treatment before he is able to carry on.
Spurs counter and Kane’s curling shot from the edge of the box is tipped around the post by Arsenal keeper David Ospina.
Arsenal put together their firsg attack with Nacho Monreal getting free down tghe left and crossing but Vertonghen gets there ahead of Giroud to clear
Christian Eriksen then tries to slip the ball through to Kane on th eedge of the box, but Per Mertesacker comes across and cuts out the danger.
Spurs are having the bulk of the early possession and Eric Dier tries to slop the ball through for Harry Kane, but Laurent Koscielny spot the danger and intercepts.
A early touch for home keeper Hugo Lloris who gathers a header back from Jan Vertonghen.
Tottenham get us under way and as you would expect there’s a cracking atmosphere inside this famous old stadium.
“Beating Chelsea in convincing style at the beginning of last month was a remarkable achievement for Tottenham. No-one gave Spurs a chance due to the Blues’ formidable record in London derbies. However, the result proved that anything is possible if you show dedication and stay focused on your target, even if the odds are heavily stacked against you. Today’s assignment will be just as tough as the Chelsea one – but I feel Spurs could spring another surprise if they take the game to Arsenal,” says Chris Green from Huddersfield.
Long-distance Arsenal fan, Hugo in Nigeria, says: “Tottenham have always been served to Arsenal as wine after a meal… Gunners all the way!”
Aaron Gilbert says: “Spurs have already written the script … 2-1 with a late Eriksen free-kick!”
Arsenal are favourites to strengthen their case for a top-four finish and put a significant dent in Tottenham’s in today’s north London derby. The Gunners head to White Hart Lane just two points ahead but are 4/11 to qualify for the Champions League via their league finish compared to Spurs’ price of 5/1. Liverpool (11/4) and Southampton (4/1) are both considered more likely contenders to finish in the top four, despite Mauricio Pochettino’s men boasting six wins in eight and a six-match unbeaten run at home. However, the form of Arsene Wenger’s men is even more impressive, with three successive wins to nil in the league, including at Manchester City. They also beat Spurs three times without conceding last season and are 100/30 to do so again this weekend. The goalscorer market is wide open with plenty of interesting candidates, although the clash comes too soon for Alexis Sanchez to recover from a hamstring problem. Olivier Giroud, who has five goals in his last six league games, heads the first goalscorer market at 9/2, while the Premier League’s highest scorer in all competitions, Harry Kane, follows at 11/2. Christian Eriksen took his tally to 11 for the campaign by breaking the deadlock against the Baggies last weekend as is 17/2 to net first again, while Santi Cazorla in 8/1 in the market as he also looks to find the net for a third successive game.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger chooses not to risk leading scorer Alexis Sanchez in the Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane. The in-form forward had hoped to overcome a hamstring strain in time to feature in the north London derby, but fails to make the bench. Wenger makes just one alteration from the side that demolished Aston Villa 5-0 last weekend, with fit-again Danny Welbeck replacing Theo Walcott. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino brings Nabil Bentaleb and Eric Dier into his line-up, while Emmanuel Adebayor – the top scorer in north London derby history – is omitted from the squad just days after a move to West Ham fell through.
The teams are in and they line up as follows – Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Bentaleb, Mason, Lamela, Dembele, Eriksen, Kane. Subs: Paulinho, Soldado, Vorm, Fazio, Chadli, Stambouli, Davies. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Welbeck, Cazorla, Ozil, Giroud. Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Gabriel, Rosicky, Walcott, Flamini, Akpom. Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
Good afternoon and welcome to today’s coverage of the north London derby between Spurs and Arsenal at White Hart Lane. The hosts start the game in sixth spot, just a place and two points behind their arch rivals, so there is plenty at stake with both sides pushing for a top-four finish and a coveted place in the Champions League next season. Team news and line-ups to follow plus, as always, we welcome your views so send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll publish the best ones.