81 minutes: Eriksen hits a free kick from a dangerous position on the left, but doesn't strike the first person. The Spurs had to do that. Then Lo Selso is blocked by Xhaka, who has so far avoided booking.
79 minutes: Socrates turns the ball over in the back beam, but the goal goes off after a cross, Kolasinac, is declared to be offside when he receives a pass.
77 minutes: The Spurs really don't know how to handle it right now. There is enough swinging the ball and watching it return straight. They need some change.
Chris Taberner points out my lack of interest in the facts: "Sheffield United, Everton and Crystal Palace have committed more foul play than Man City this season, annoying facts, no."
He misses a point. which is that City makes cynical phases to stop attacks and will naturally do less because they have so much possession, but they just know when to break things. It's about knowing when to go bankrupt.
75 minutes: Winx is the newest person to enter the book, as the Spurs try to stick. Xhaka almost takes Arsenal into the lead, swinging a 35-yard shot, but Lloris knows where he is going and puts the ball away from danger.
73 minutes: The Emirates is shaking. There are some great transitions and lots of little fowls to keep the adrenaline going.
Jonathan emails to discuss the point: "59 minutes … Not for sure welders, but carpenters? Although if there are any of them in the land, I would be surprised. They all look more like web developers or Jujitsu coaches to me. Ah, bug, you just missed a goal to write that "
COL! Arsenal 2-2 Spurs (Aubameyang, 71)
It's been a long time since Arsenal finally has an equalizer. Gwenduzi raises a fine ball over the Spurs' defense, which allows Aubameyang to shoot between two centers and strike him in the bottom corner. It's all about crossing and moving. Arsenal is best.
69 minutes: The Spurs are really committed to this short goal kick and it finishes off with a nice run while Winx , ironically, hit the ball right on the pitch to Leno.
67 minutes: Socratis has a new clever plan: to throw himself on the floor during a corner attack in the hope that VAR will consider him per file. It's all a little Boldrick.
Mkhitaryan replaces Lacazette, which seems to have little problem.
65 minutes: Ceballos almost makes an instant impact. He raises the ball 35 yards from the target, spins and turns to get out of Sisoko before firing an incredible shot that hits just below the bar, but Loris is there to roll it over.
63 minutes: Ceballos finally comes in place of Torreira. It needs to provide more creativity.
Robert Blackwell is pleased: "Great question !! Certainly the Premiership Referee Association needs to discuss this at meetings, as this is a growing and cynical problem. In the game ….. there must certainly be a few more yellow cards out there … "
Here's the initial question:" Does anyone know the last time City failed to beat their opponents? They manage it routinely (mostly ten yards from the half line), even when they have 60/70% ownership. ”
61 minutes: Calls for an Arsenal penalty as Aubameang falls under pressure, but Atkinson has nothing. There is also no VAR review, which is a relief.
59 minutes: Kane almost completes a great little move, ending with an attacker playing one-two with Eriksen, allowing Kane to shoot from sharp an angle he struck inside the ladder with such ferocity that all the welders in the ground would cry.
57 minutes: The hosts cut the spurs again, allowing Gwenduzi to shoot a low shot to the bottom corner, but Lloris read and advise him widely. The resulting angle goes to the back post, but Kolasinac and Aubameyang simply can't reach it to point it home.
55 minutes: Arsenal dominated the whistle in this half. The Spurs will need to increase their pace a bit here to stay leading.
The Spurs break up with Son and he tries to sneak a pass to Lamella, but Lewis reads that he cuts the danger.
53 minutes: Lamella runs to Lewis with the ball in her feet, puts it on Son at the edge of the box, and he snaps a shot to the bottom corner. which deviates from Xhaka and then the fingertips of Leno.
51 minutes: There is a lot of power in the Emirates. This game becomes a bit more like Ian Selley in David Howells than Xhaka in Eriksen.
49 minutes: Joseph Harvey asks, "What about Chebalos who doesn't allow him to start in these games? It can't be worse than Xhaka This is the second management that doesn't appreciate it, though from the stands it looks like the whole package in Real and Arsenal (I admit in a very limited number so far). "
I feel like this midfielder needs something a little more dynamic.
47 minutes: Arsenal show some early intent as Pepe crosses the penalty spot waiting for Lacazette, but his header is well retained from Lloris, despite a difficult rebound. Then Loris hits the ball with the attacking Arsenal coming for him and eventually plays a weak pass to Vertongen, who is intercepted by Aubameang but fortunately makes it straight to the keeper.
And by magic, Jeff Winal agrees with me: "It seems very raw to win the Spurs in order to become a cynical and dirty country (Sandile, HT). After all, they are trying to bridge the gap to Man City: when in Rome, etc. Does anyone know the last time City failed to outwit their opponents? They routinely manage it (mostly within ten yards of the half line), even when they have 60/70% ownership. "
Ben Melb emails:" I agree with Sandy. Tottenham got very dirty. I think it comes from Delhi Ali with its fake bravado and aggression, but mostly acts as a bully / coward. Like Ashley Young, who has been doing it for years and shows the same during the injury of yesterday's shutdown. ”
Maybe they just copy the style of the cynical fouls of Manchester City to stop the attacks. Sly as foxes.
Jeremy Dresner emails: "Arsenal look like a different team to previous rebirths. With Louise ping the ball over the top, the Arsenal midfielder becomes flanked. Gwenduzi is a particularly side show, if you will.
Louise leaves the space while marauding and this shows for his side as the Spurs exploit the space. ”
As any fan of clichés will tell you. .. there is no better time to score than just before half time if you are trying to get back in the game. This should give Arsenal momentum in the second period.
Some NT correspondence:
Jonathan suggests, "Good God, good luck staying on the pitch doesn't matter to award a penalty. However, it summarizes the last ten or fifteen minutes, but stimulates so much faster in thought and action, an arsenal of lead has stepped.
Mary says, "It must be so disappointing to be uprooted for gunners. It's probably like meeting a Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose model is also Vogue. Then find out she's also a heroin addict. "
Sendile expresses his opinion:" It has been part of their game under Pochettino for some time, but the Spurs have become a cynical, dirty team, have they not? They raced over Ajax in the Champions League last season. ”
Half Time: Arsenal 1-2 Spurs
Arsenal had more than the ball, but the Spurs looked more diffused. Fortunately, the hosts have reduced arrears and should be a breakthrough in the second half.
Body! 1-2 Spurs Arsenal (Lacazette, 45 + 1)
Lacazette shoots from a direct free kick from 20 yards, forcing Loris into a good save, which goes straight to Rose, who seems to be playing him. Calls for a penalty kick round the stands when the Spurs fail to clear the ball and it ends up back in the penalty area with Lacazette, who takes two great touches and then punches a shot beyond Loris from close range.
45 minutes: Sissoko takes Aubameyang to the edge of the box for his own amusement.
Two minutes added.
44 minutes: Lloris has nothing to do for nearly 45 minutes, but he proves to be on the alert as Maitland-Nils throws the ball at Pepe. who earned a low 12-yard drive, but Loris equals him, and more importantly, he holds.
Stephen Carr (probably this one) says, "If Arsenal gets anything out of this game, they will have to be more passive and stupid."
42 minutes: In the background, Xhaka was delayed by only a second or two for this challenge. Too bad it was around the knee. What can Arsenal do to reverse this? Ceballos should be out soon and probably Ozil too.
Body! 0-2 Spurs Arsenal (Kane, Ballpoint Pen, 40)
If you like your challenges to be stupid, then Xhaka is your man. He dives and eventually through the Son in the box to hand out the punishment. Kane steps in and sends the goalkeeper the wrong way. Xhaka is so stupid out there.
38 minutes: Eriksen shoots a 30 yard free kick. The Dane raises the ball over the wall and Leno shows his better side by dangling right and he stretches it.
36 minutes: Another poor piece by Leno's goalkeeper almost gives the Spurs a second. Kane hits a slight 20-yard effort that Leno pushes out pointlessly, allowing Son to return the ball into the danger zone, but Kane can't fire and prevent the danger.
34 minutes: Aubameyang is put down to the right and crosses into Pepe's box to attack, but the Spurs have enough men back to clear it. Lacazette tries to make a decisive decision, but instead he simply slides the ball down the field and out of the game.
Nick emails: " May I be a thug, but how big of an Arsenal fan are you? Your comment stinks of bias … I bet you loved writing the original chant of Arsenal fans? Man City, half.
32 minutes: Arsenal dominated possession, but Lloris maintained a restless afternoon. More incisive play is needed.
30 minutes: Pepe swings in a free kick to the right; it is a dangerous cross, but the Spurs have many men in the box and Kane is the man to throw it around the corner. Pepe's corner goes back again, this time from Alderweireld, as it faces the wrong path. Referee Atkinson noticed a problem with Danny Rose and talked to him.
28 minutes: Lacazette was shot 30 yards from the target. Pepe and Louise make up the opportunity. Who will draw the rank? Pepe is the one who gets a free kick around the wall, but he goes pretty wide. Not a big effort.
The first booking of the game goes to Rose after a ridiculous short-shot that prompts Spurs, the left back loses the ball and he clears Lacazette.
26 minutes: Arsenal get more from the ball, but three midfielders are not the best at use. We may need to see Cebalos earlier than expected.
24 minutes: Aubameyang gets better than Sanchez on the left, clips a cross to the back post where Pepe waits, but his header is blocked by jumping Rose. The corner is cleared to the edge of the area from where Torreira fires it wide.
Arsenal should just focus on attacking the left flank, to be honest, as Sanchez looks from deep.
22 minutes: Arsenal fans sing "stand up if you hate Tottenham". Excellent lack of originality from believers in the home.
20 minutes: The Spurs know they can get that protection. Louise and Socrates seem far from perfect pairing and can be dragged around. Gwenduzi is challenged by Sanchez, who catches the midfielder late in the heel.
18 minutes: WHAT TO SAVE! The Spurs collide once more when the cross is cleared to the Son halfway. The South Korean spends his time moving towards the box before scoring inside and striking a shot to the top corner, but Leno reads it and runs the ball.