The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Arsenal fought back from two goals down against Tottenham to draw 2-2 in the Premier League on Sunday, with the Gunners’ much-anticipated attacking trio unable to see off their fierce London rivals.
Spurs shocked the home fans at Emirates Stadium to take an early lead in the 10th minute, when forward Christian Eriksen capitalized on an error from Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno to slot the ball home. Harry Kane later doubled the lead with a penalty kick after Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka’s reckless tackle on Son Heung-min left referee Martin Atkinson no choice but to point to the spot.
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back just before halftime to make it 2-1, taking a touch to bring the ball between the two central defenders and lashing it home.
Arsenal then regained a foothold in the game, putting pressure on Tottenham’s back line in the second half. Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi floated a long pass behind the Spurs defense to find Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who drifted between the two central defenders. The striker only needed to stick out his leg and poke the ball past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for the equalizer in the 71st.
The result leaves Arsenal in fifth place in the league, with Spurs in ninth.
“We can be very proud of the response, and how our supporters pushed us,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said, adding that “we deserved more.”
He said that Xhaka’s tackle on Son was due to frustration and that he was happy overall with the midfielder’s performance, but said “we need to be clearer in our box.”