Kieran Gibbs scored his first Premier League goal in three years to rescue Arsenal a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in a North London derby in which the Gunners were largely second best.
The left-back was the unlikely answer off the bench for injury-plagued Arsenal, meeting a cross from Mesut Ozil at the back post to squeeze the ball in past Hugo Lloris and cancel out Harry Kane’s opener.
A goalkeeper of Lloris’s quality is likely to be disappointed not to have kept out Gibbs’s effort. Meanwhile, Ozil has now set a new Premier League record with assists in six successive games.
Kane gave Tottenham the lead after 32 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, tucking the ball beyond Petr Cech after Laurent Koscielny had attempted to play offside from Danny Rose’s floated pass.
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Playing their third game in six days, Mauricio Pochettino’s visitors were exceptional but failed to kill Arsenal off as Cech saved a Toby Alderweireld header from point-blank range and Kane shot wide.
The Gunners only started to offer an attacking threat when they began throwing balls into the box towards Olivier Giroud, who headed one great chance against the crossbar and sent another wide.
But the Frenchman’s run dragged Kyle Walker over on 76 minutes, allowing Gibbs the space at the back post to snatch the hosts an equaliser which keeps them level with Manchester City at the top of the table.
Tottenham could have gone to within two points of their local rivals with a third win of the week. A point lifts them up to fifth, still unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening game of the season.
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