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Elneny gets first Premier League start as 10-man Arsenal hold Tottenham in North London derby


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Egypt international gets his first Premier League start as Tottenham and Arsenal settle for a 2-2 draw during the long-anticipated North London derby. 

Spurs and the Gunners battled it out for the second spot in the Premier League having recently dropped points against West Ham and Swansea respectively in the chase for the trophy but had to settle for a draw at White Hart Lane.

Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny received his first Premier League start since joining Arsenal from Basel in January.


Tottenham XI: Lloris – Rose – Dier – Wimmer – Alderweireld – Walker – Dembele – Eriksen – Alli –Eriksen – Wimmer

Subs: Heung-Min –Mason –Vorm –Trippier – Chadli – Carroll – Davies

Arsenal XI: Gibbs – Mertesacker – Paulista – Ozil – Ospina – Ramsey – Sanchez – Welbeck – Bellerin – Coquelin – Elneny

Subs: Giroud – Walcott – Monreal – Flamini – Chambers – Campbell – Macey

First Half:

Arsenal struggled to keep the ball during the first half as Spurs were dominating the game. Even though Tottenham were the better side, they failed to create clear chances.

Surely the difference for Arsenal was moving Ramsey to the right, allowing Elneny and Coquelin to control the area in front of the back four better, as they weren’t allowing much space between themselves.

There was tension as both teams were giving it their all, but a brilliant goal from Ramsey in the 39th minute gave Arsenal the lead that they were looking for. This goal gave Arsenal the much-needed confidence boost, as they started to look dangerous with every attack.

Elneny had a solid first half, being one of the best players of his side. He had quality first time passes and looked calm under the pressure of having his first start during such an important game.

Second Half:

The half took off to a slow start but a red card being handed to Coquelin of Arsenal at minute 54, meant that Tottenham could use this to their advantage to even the score.

Arsenal going down to 10 men gave Tottenham the chance they needed, and just five minutes after Coquelin was sent off, Alderweireld equalized to give Spurs fans the hope for the three points. Just two minutes later, Spurs striker Kane scored a wonder goal to give Tottenham the upper hand. It seemed that 10-man Arsenal were no match for Tottenham anymore. After Kane’s goal Spurs began to dominate most of the game.

Arsenal had their first substitution in the 75th minute when Elneny, who had a good game overall, was substituted by Gunners striker Giroud. Right after the substitution an unexpected goal from Sanchez a minute later put Arsenal back on the scoreboard.

After Sanchez’s goal, both teams battled it out – each looking for a winning goal – all the way into the four minutes of added injury time with no luck.

Both teams went into this game looking for a win to gain some ground in the title race, but the draw was a fair result at the end of an endearing match.

Arsenal now occupies the 3rd spot in the Premier League with 52 points, while Tottenham occupy the 2nd spot with 55 points. Arsenal’s next match is against Hull City in the FA Cup, while Tottenham are facing Dortmund in the UEFA Europa League.

Journalism graduate with a passion for sports.

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