Tottenham Hotspur players and fans feel robbed after a Kieran Gibbs equaliser ensured that the two North London clubs had to share the spoils in the North London derby at the Emirates. Harry Kane scored his third goal against Arsenal on Sunday when he coolly slotted his shot over Cech and into the back of the net. Approaching the 80 minute mark, substitute Kieran Gibbs bundled in a late equaliser, a shot that Hugo Lloris felt he should have kept out.
Spurs dominated possession for long periods of the game and the game should have been effectively put to bed when Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane both saw their shots go wide. Petr Cech also proved what a useful signing he was by saving a powerful Toby Alderweireld header but did show signs of carelessness in possession when Erik Lamela challenged him half way into the Arsenal half.
Dele Alli and Eric Dier both impressed once again and look to be Tottenham’s next English internationals with Hodgson again watching a Spurs game. Alli was awarded the man of the match award for his efforts in the Tottenham midfield.
Mauricio Pochettino has completely turned the Tottenham team on its head. As confirmed by BBC Sport this week, the London club fields the youngest club and, most importantly, English players which really connect with the supporters. The expensive signings of the post Gareth Bale season were mostly sold as were the older, ‘past their prime’ veterans including Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul. Full commitment is also necessary for Pochettino as Adebayor, Lennon and Townsend have all been dismissed for similar reasons.
Alli has matured significantly since joining Tottenham and has been playing at ease amongst the Tottenham midfield, creating a successful partnership with fellow England international Eric Dier. His impressive performance caught the eye of the commentators on Sky Sports and gave him a deserved man of the match. Alli controlled the midfield and also managed to create forward opportunities.
Spurs, after the international break, will face two tough London derbies in the form of West Ham and Chelsea and will move into the games with plenty of confidence having extended their incredible run of not losing since the opening game of the season to 11 games.