Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal: Lloris stonewalls Aubameyang's late penalty
Tottenham were indebted to Hugo Lloris, who saved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's late penalty as Mauricio Pochettino's side came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against Arsenal in Saturday's north London derby.
Spurs' top four place was under serious threat when Aaron Ramsey scored a 16th-minute opener. Unai Emery's men looked poised to move within one point of their bitter local rivals, having trailed by 10 points just over a week ago.
However, Tottenham fought back to level, with Harry Kane winning and scoring a 74th-minute penalty. And when Aubameyang was awarded a spot-kick at the other end in injury time, Lloris saved to bank Spurs' first top flight draw of the campaign.
Tottenham's worst nightmares appeared to be coming true as Aubameyang stepped up to the penalty spot, but they survived.
It was not the ideal result, of course, but it maintains the four-point cushion over Arsenal and stops the rot following two successive defeats. Progress past Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday's Champions League tie would help to restore confidence and build momentum again.
Spurs still look below their best and the fear remains they will continue to run out of energy in the final stretch and lose their top four spot.
They also seem unable to cut out the costly individual errors at the back. Davinson Sanchez was the guilty party here, making the mistake for the Arsenal goal and conceding the penalty.
Manager rating out of 10
7 -- Pochettino was hamstrung by the absence of Harry Winks, which forced him to rely on a semi-fit Victor Wanyama, who was withdrawn before the hour-mark. In the end, Pochettino had to use Danny Rose in central midfield. This was a tough day for him so he will be glad to have grabbed a point.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Hugo Lloris, 8 -- Couldn't do much about the goal, when he was badly exposed, and produced a good diving save to deny Alex Iwobi shortly before half time. The Frenchman then produced heroics at the end when he saved Aubameyang's penalty. It could prove to be a season-defining stop in the race for the top four.
DF Toby Alderweireld, 7 -- Faultless for the Ramsey goal but could have done better with a volleyed chance in the second half, firing wide of the near post.
DF Davinson Sanchez, 3 -- Made the error for the opening goal, messing up his header just inside Arsenal's half and allowing Ramsey to run through on goal, before conceding the brainless late penalty by pushing Aubameyang in the back. What was he thinking?
DF Jan Vertonghen, 8 -- Hit some nice crossfield passes out to Kieran Trippier and made a crucial goal-saving challenge on Aubameyang to stop Arsenal striker scoring immediately after missing his penalty.
MF Kieran Trippier, 6 -- Made some well-timed runs on the outside in the first period and put in some dangerous crosses, especially the free kick that produced Kane's disallowed goal. But he was poor after the break and wasted a good opportunity to deliver a low cross to Son Heung-Min.
MF Victor Wanyama, 6 -- Making his first start since November, the Kenyan looked less rusty than might have been expected. The passing in central midfield was too slow but it would be unfair to criticise Wanyama for not being Winks. He played his usual game as well as can be expected given his lack of minutes before being withdrawn in the 59th minute.
MF Moussa Sissoko, 7 -- Battled tirelessly in the middle and provided some attacking thrust with runs down the right side. He very nearly scored, forcing a fine save from Leno with a first-time shot.
MF Danny Rose, 7 -- His ambition was typified by a through ball to Son that took three Arsenal players out of the game, when the easier pass was back inside to Vertonghen. He nearly found Son with a low cross and was denied by Leno at close range in the second half, while he put in a couple of crunching challenges befitting a derby duel.
MF Christian Eriksen, 5 -- Another ineffective showing. While he got into a good position in the first half, meeting Kane's chipped pass six yards out, he couldn't beat Leno.
FW Harry Kane, 7 -- Had a clinical headed goal disallowed for offside and set up a good chance for Eriksen with a ball over the top before winning and converting the equalising penalty.
FW Son Heung-Min, 5 -- Had a few encouraging runs in the first half but was mostly involved out wide and struggled to make an impact in central areas. He looks tired.
MF Erik Lamela, 7 -- Gave Spurs extra bite while going close with a long-range shot and setting up a chance for Rose with a cross to the back post.
FW Fernando Llorente, N/R -- Replaced Son for the final 10 minutes.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's tame penalty meant Arsenal were left to rue two points dropped in the north London derby.
Aaron Ramsey had given the visitors the lead in his final derby against Tottenham before an offside Harry Kane won a penalty that he converted.
But Aubameyang's poor spot kick in injury time summed up his display as Arsenal suffered frustration at Wembley.
Unai Emery set up the team intelligently, and Arsenal's disciplined defensive display was one of their best in recent memory. At the heart of it was Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who had the better of Kane throughout.
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno also had a very impressive performance, capped by an outstanding double-save to deny Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko with the score 1-0.
Arsenal know they missed a huge opportunity to close the gap on Spurs and improve their chances of Champions League qualification. That's on the strikers, who missed a number of presentable opportunities.
Emery must also be at the end of his tether when it comes to Shkodran Mustafi. Even when he puts in a respectable all-round performance, he's capable of moments of madness, summed up by his foul on Kane in the area.
Manager rating out of 10
8 -- This was an impressive coaching display from Emery, who got his starting XI right and made a series of strong substitutions to help Arsenal keep their grip on the game. They were robbed by poor officiating and Mustafi's idiocy.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Bernd Leno, 8 -- That astonishing first half double-save felt like the moment Leno really arrived as an Arsenal player. He made another intervention to prevent Danny Rose hitting home an equaliser in the 69th minute.
DF Shkodran Mustafi, 5 -- After Stephan Lichtsteiner and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Emery fielded his third different right-back in three consecutive games. Mustafi can be a liability at centre-half, but seemed to be having a decent enough display at full-back until he needlessly barged Kane inside the penalty area. Another horrendous moment.
DF Laurent Koscielny, 7 -- Arsenal's performance was built upon solid defending in central areas, and it's no surprise that the club captain was at the heart of it.
DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 8 -- The Greek international relishes occasions such as these, and he had a terrific game. The Arsenal fans will have enjoyed him regularly turning to the fans and calling for more encouragement.
DF Nacho Monreal, 7 -- The Spaniard was a slightly surprising choice, given that Sead Kolasinac has been in such good form. However, with the Bosnian struggling with a muscle injury and only fit enough for the bench, Monreal proved a more than able deputy. There's life in the Spaniard yet.
MF Granit Xhaka, 7 -- The central midfielder is another player who seems to really embrace the competitive atmosphere in these derby games. Crucially, however, he managed to keep his cool for the majority of the match.
MF Matteo Guendouzi, 6 -- It was a huge vote of confidence from Emery to start the teenager in a game of this magnitude, and while Guendouzi acquitted himself relatively well, the Spanish coach chose to replace him at half time to try and give Arsenal more control in the middle of the park.
MF Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 7 -- Since returning from injury, Mkhitaryan has underlined why he is so important to Emery's plans. He is capable of thriving in variety of different formations and roles. He was rather foolishly booked for one needless challenge, but an excellent piece of play led directly to Arsenal's late penalty award.
MF Aaron Ramsey, 8 -- What a moment that first half goal was. After rounding Hugo Lloris and passing into the empty net, Ramsey pointed to the Wembley turf as if to say "this is my house". Given his record at the national stadium -- he's scored in two FA Cup final wins -- it's difficult to argue.
MF Alex Iwobi, 7 -- Has become one of Emery's most consistent selections, and he showed his usual combination of endeavour and skill in this derby fixture. One eye-catching first half run ended with Iwobi's curled shot being palmed away from the top corner.
FW Alexandre Lacazette, 6 -- Selected because his ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play dovetails well with Ramsey's runs. He might have done better with that early volley, but Emery will be delighted that his selected strike pairing combined for the opening goal. However, Lacazette should have scored early in the second half from a Monreal cut-back.
MF Lucas Torreira, 6 -- Came on for Guendouzi and was a busy figure in the midfield, but was sent off for a high tackle in stoppage time.
FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 5 -- The striker came on for Lacazette to offer a threat on then break. He should have won it with the late penalty but his effort was poor.
MF Mesut Ozil, N/R -- Introduced for Ramsey in the final 15 minutes but never really got into the game.
Handballs in goal-scoring situations will no longer have to be deliberate following a decision made by world football's rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) said on Saturday.
IFAB's annual general meeting in Aberdeen ruled that intent would no longer be a factor in situations involving goals or goal-scoring opportunities from next season.
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"A goal scored directly from the hand/arm (even if accidental) and a player scoring or creating a goal-scoring opportunity after having gained possession/control of the ball from their hand/arm (even if accidental) will no longer be allowed," IFAB said in a statement.
IFAB said the decision would "provide a more precise and detailed definition for what constitutes handball, in particular with regard to the occasions when a non-deliberate/accidental handball will be penalised."
The body -- made up of the four British home nations and representatives from FIFA -- also approved law changes to stop players from interfering with defensive walls at free kicks.
Under the new rule, players from the attacking team will have to be at least one metre away from the wall when a free kick is being taken.
The body also approved changes that will force players being substituted to leave the field of play at the nearest touchline rather than walk across to the team's bench or the tunnel, in a bid to reduce time-wasting tactics.
A change to the goal-kick rule will also mean the ball does not have to leave the penalty area.
In situations where the ball hits the referee a "drop ball" will be awarded and there is also a change in the laws governing goalkeeper movements at spot-kicks with the keeper only being required to have one foot on the line at a penalty.