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Full-time: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Spurs defender Kevin Wimmer scored an own goal from a Mesut Ozil freekick.
  • Harry Kane levelled from the penalty spot, after Mousa Dembele was fouled in the area.
  • Tottenham remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season.
Harry Kane celebrates his goal
Harry Kane celebrates his goal Getty Images

Full-time: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

All over at the Emirates, then. Both sides will feel they could have won the derby but in the end, a draw feels like a fair result.

Tick-tock, tick-tock... time is ebbing away now. Will someone make themselves a hero on derby day?

Ah, another chance goes begging for Arsenal, as Giroud's headed effort goes straight into the arms of Lloris. Either side, and the Frenchman might have decided the game.

Five minutes of time being added.

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey on the ball for Arsenal Getty Images

The ball is played towards Petr Cech, who appears to slip at the vital moment, before he just regains his footing in time.

Meanwhile, Son has been replaced by young Harry Winks.

Up the other end now, and Giroud is stopped from scoring by a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Jan Vertonghen.

This really has been a thriller, even if the scoreline doesn't suggest that.

Jan Vertonghen
Jan Vertonghen goes down under pressure Getty Images

Eriksen has struck the post from a freekick on the left touchline!

The Dane drifted the ball into a dangerous area, and it skipped off the turf and off the upright! So, so close for Spurs, who were unable to get a head or a foot on the rebound.

Eric Dier tries to head the ball
Eric Dier tries to head the ball Getty Images

Kieran Trippier is wearing one of those snazzy-looking face masks. It makes him look like he's attending a Halloween party.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to win the ball back Getty Images

Kyle Walker has picked up a knock and is unable to continue. Kieran Trippier is poised to replace the England man.

Just over ten minutes left at the Emirates and there is no sign of either side sitting back. Hector Bellerin, for instance, is playing more like a winger at the moment.

Vincent Janssen, meanwhile, is really struggling to get involved in the game. He looks sluggish, to be frank.

Shkodran Mustafi
Shkodran Mustafi shows his frustration Getty Images

The ball is pinging around the Spurs box after good work from Bellerin, but it somehow falls into the grateful arms of Hugo Lloris. This is really, really tense stuff.

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez tries something spectacular Getty Images

Alexis almost finds Ozil in the box, but the German is just beaten to it by Hugo Lloris. This game has been a really good advert for the Premier League.

Now a Spurs change: Harry Kane's race is run today. He makes way for the under-pressure Vincent Janssen. Time to make a name for himself.

Dier has gone into the book, meanwhile, for running away with the ball after committing a foul.

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey on the ball Getty Images

Arsene Wenger is going to go for this, then. Iwobi and Walcott make way for Giroud and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Gunners boss clearly feels this game is there to be won.

Mesut Ozil on the ball for Arsenal
Mesut Ozil on the ball for Arsenal Getty Images

Danny Rose has a problem. He's taking his boot off and I'm not sure he'll be able to continue. Kieran Trippier could come on, if the England fullback is unable to play on.

Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris watches on from his goal Getty Images

Arsene Wenger must be considering a change here, because the momentum of the game has definitely shifted. Ramsey or Giroud would be my go-to guys if I were the Frenchman.

Yep. Just as I say that, Ramsey has come on for Coquelin. Clearly Wenger is looking for all three points this afternoon.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane misses a good chance Getty Images

Harry Kane has missed a guilt-edge chance for the away side!

The ball is played down the left channel, where Danny Rose sends over a gorgeous cross to the England striker, who gets his volley all wrong when he just needed to clip it goalwards. Agonising for Spurs fans.

This has become a brilliant, end-to-end game - with both sides seemingly committed to winning.

Son Heung-Min
Son Heung-Min leads a Spurs break Getty Images

Ah, Eriksen almost gives Spurs the lead! The ball drops to the Dane in the box and his effort is brilliantly pushed wide by Petr Cech.

Arsenal are rocking a bit now, though.

Harry Kane
Tottenham enjoyed a good spell early in the second half Getty Images

GOAL: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Kane)

Welcome back, Harry Kane! The striker marks his comeback with an all-important goal for his side, calmly slotting the ball down the middle of the goal.

Harry Kane celebrates his goal
Harry Kane celebrates his goal Getty Images

Penalty to Spurs!

Dembele makes a darting run into the Arsenal box and goes down after being tripped by Laurent Koscielny. A definite penalty, that, and Harry Kane is quick to grab hold of the ball...

Son makes a good early break down the right side, but Hector Bellerin - who is a flyer - comes charging back to clear the danger.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane on the ball for Spurs Getty Images

It's noticeable how Mesut Ozil's increased involvement has led to an improvement in Arsenal's general performance. The German is a key player for the Gunners, just in case you didn't already know it.

Kyle Walker controls the ball
Kyle Walker controls the ball Getty Images

We' back under way at the Emirates.

There's some debate about the supposed offside on the goal, by the way. On reflection, Alexis Sanchez - who was definitely stood in an offside position - was not interfering with the play.

Replays of the Arsenal goal appeared to suggest that a couple of Gunners players were stood in offside positions when the ball was struck by Mesut Ozil. I'm sure Mauricio Pochettino will have been made aware of that already.

Arsenal take the lead against Spurs
Arsenal take the lead against Spurs Getty Images

Half-time: Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

A crucial goal just before the break for Arsenal, then, who seized control of the game in the last 25 minutes of the half. The Gunners appear to have sussed out Spurs' tactical changes and were the dominant side by the end.

Back for more soon...

Jan Vertonghen and Theo Walcott
Jan Vertonghen and Theo Walcott clash Getty Images

GOAL: Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Wimmer OG)

The hosts lead and it's a Kevin Wimmer own goal! Mesut Ozil drifts a beautiful freekick into no man's land and the defender flick his head at it and the ball nestles in the bottom corner.

I've no idea where he was trying to send that - but Arsenal won't care a jot!

Arsenal celebrate their goal
Arsenal celebrate their goal Getty Images

Spurs have gone into their shell as an attacking force, here. You sense Mauricio Pochettino will want the half-time whistle to blow ASAP.

Nacho Monreal
Nacho Monreal appeals for a foul Getty Images

Walcott batters the crossbar! The England man gets the ball out of his feet from just outside the area and then he hammers it against the frame of the goal!

The rebounds comes back to Ozil on the volley, but his first-time effort sails over the top. That's as close as we've come to a goal, though, and it would have been a spectacular effort from the in-form wideman.

Arsene Wenger looks on
Arsene Wenger looks on Getty Images

Arsenal have sussed Spurs out now. Every time Arsenal break, Alexis goes sprinting into the fullback positions and the Tottenham backline gets dragged apart, creating spaces for Arsenal's midfield runners.

Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker wins the ball in the air Getty Images

Arsenal are finding their feet now and are exploiting the spaces in the fullback area. On this occasion, Theo Walcott breaks into the left channel, but he cannot find a red shirt in the centre.

A decent chance for Ozil, this. Alexis races up the right flank and cuts the ball back into the middle, where Ozil rushes onto it - but drags his effort wide of the post.

A minute later, Arsenal break again and Alexis tees the ball up for Alex Iwobi ... the young Nigerian's effort lacks power, though, and Spurs survive.

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez shows his frustration Getty Images

Kyle Walker has picked up a little knock and is getting treatment on the touchline. Can he continue? Yep, he appears to have shaken it off.

Theo Walcott shields the ball
Theo Walcott shields the ball Getty Images

A rare moment of quality from Arsenal. Ozil finds Bellerin down the right flank, but his cross is expertly dealt with by Kyle Walker, who shows a real cool head under pressure to clear the danger.

Arsenal need to get Bellerin ad Monreal into the game more, though. With Spurs having set-up in a back three, there ought to be spaces in the fullback position, which the Spanish duo should look to exploit.

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez chases a lost cause Getty Images

Eriksen tries to find Son with a long pass and again, Mustafi makes a last-ditch clearance. But Arsenal really are struggling here. It's like they're a little uncertain how to combat Spurs' set-up.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane shoots at goal Getty Images

Wanyama tries his luck from distance... the less said about that the better.

Arsenal, though, are really struggling to get a grip on the game for the time being. Spurs' formation is causing the hosts plenty of problems.

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil shows his frustration Getty Images

Kane comes within inches of giving Spurs the lead! Arsenal give Eriksen far too much room outside their box. The Danish picks his head up and crosses into towards Kane, who stoops low to flick his header just - and I mean just - wide of the far post.

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger on the touchline Getty Images

Ohhhh! Mustafi and Cech get into a bit of a tangle with a ball over the top, but they just about manage to get a hold of the situation before Eriksen can nip in to score. That was heart-in-mouths stuff for Arsenal.

It ought to be said, though, that Spurs are winning a lot of the 50/50 balls at the moment. The away side seem to have an extra body in midfield all the time.

Harry Kane, to be honest, is looking a little off the pace in the opening moments, even though Spurs are generally doing OK.

Looking back at the earlier opening from Son, Kane seemed to be a touch behind the play.

After a nervy couple of minutes, Spurs now appear to have settle into the match and are being allowed to pass the ball around at the back quite comfortably. Mauricio Pochettino will be fairly pleased with his side at the moment, I fancy.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane tries to control the ball Getty Images

Kane commits a foul but escapes punishment from Mark Clattenburg. The Arsenal fans were screaming for a yellow there, unsurprisingly.

Kevin Wimmer goes into the book
Kevin Wimmer goes into the book Getty Images

When Arsenal slow the game down, Spurs are able to switch into a back five. That means the Gunners must try to play with a real intensity in order to expose Spurs' wingbacks.

Walcott and Iwobi ought to be key figures in the Arsenal attack.

Arsenal fans cheer their side on
Arsenal fans cheer their side on Getty Images

Kevin Wimmer makes a late challenge on Coquelin and is deservedly booked. He can't have any complaints, either, because frankly, that was brainless.

Well, just as I type that, Son makes a break in behind Bellerin and looks to pick out Kane in the middle of the penalty box - but the ball just escapes the England striker. It's been a very bright start to the game.

Mousa Dembele
Mousa Dembele looks to create something Getty Images

Alexis almost breaks onto a loose pass, but Kevin Wimmer just about manages to get his foot in and stops the Chilean the chance to break clear. It's all Arsenal in the early stages, though.

Spurs have started with a back three, which will be interesting to observe over the next 90 minutes. Wimer is in the centre of the three.

Wanyama looks like he has been selected to take care of Ozil, who can create a chance out of nothing.

Dembele on the ball for Spurs
Dembele on the ball for Spurs Getty Images

Andddddddd we're under way at a sun-drenched Emirates. Both sides are in their traditional colours.

Arsenal fans inside the ground
Arsenal fans inside the ground Getty Images

Both sets of players gather around the centre circle for the period of silence. Beautifully observed by Arsenal and Spurs fans - and now it's time for kick-off.

The pre-match scene at the Emirates
The pre-match scene at the Emirates Getty Images

Arsenal and Spurs emerge from the tunnel - and unsurprisingly, they are greeted by a huge roar from the fans.

The players will observe two minutes silence before the game gets under way in North London.

The pre-match scene at the Emirates
The pre-match scene at the Emirates Getty Images

The crowd is building up nicely at the Emirates Stadium, where, I think, everyone is hoping for an open, end-to-end affair. We're around ten minutes from kick-off in north London.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane goes through his last-minute preparations Getty Images

Ahead of the game, much of the conversation has centred on the respective form of these two sides. Arsenal are flying in comparison to their rivals - but form goes out of the window on derby day, doesn't it? Well, we're about to find out.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane warms up at the Emirates Stadium Getty Images

Former Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman has warned his beloved club not to get ahead of themselves today. "Arsenal are in a great position, but looking back they have been there before," he told the BBC.

"The only difference now is that a lot of the players are fit and there is a bigger squad. The bench is filled with quality players.

"The telling time will be getting to the knock out stages of the Champions League. There is usually a dip when they get knocked out and it affects league form. But looking at it now I am really confident."

Right, here's the situation with Dele Alli: Mauricio Pochettino says the midfielder has a knee injury and will be out for a "few weeks". That means he will also be absent for England's upcoming games, too.

That is a major blow for Spurs and the national team, for whom the youngster has quickly become a key figure.

Dele Alli
Dele Alli is absent today because of injury Getty Images

Pre-match thoughts

Shkodran Mustafi on BT Sport: "We have to try and give everything to win this game.

"I feel we were quite good in midweek, coming back from 2-0 down away from home against Ludogorets shows the great character in the team and spirit in the changing room."

Fans head to the game
Fans head to the game Getty Images

Dele Alli is at the Emirates today - but will not be taking part in the game. There are some rumours doing the rounds on social media as to why he isn't playing, but I'll try to give you something official ASAP.

Fans en route to the derby
Fans en route to the derby Getty Images

Breaking team news

Arsene Wenger is able to name a very strong-looking side, while leaving the likes of Ramsey and Giroud on the bench. Once again, Sanchez will play as a so-called false nine.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Xhaka, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Alexis

Subs: Opsina, Gibbs, Gabriel, Ramsey, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud

The scene outside the Emirates Stadium
The scene outside the Emirates Stadium Getty Images

Breaking team news:

The teams are in, and Harry Kane does indeed return to Spurs' starting line-up. A big boost for the away side, that. But Dele Alli is not in the Tottenham squad for the match. More on that in a bit.

Meanwhile, Mousa Dembele is in midfield, despite suffering an injury in their midweek defeat in the Champions League.

Tottenmham: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Wimmer, Rose, Dier, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Son, Kane

Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Winks, Onomah, Nkoudou, Janssen

We're expecting the team news through around the top of the hour. Spurs fans will, of course, be keen to see whether Harry Kane really is fit to start the game following his recent injury lay-off.

For Arsenal, Arsene Wenger appears to be spoilt for choice given their recent run of good form. Will Olivier Giroud start, for instance, following his stellar display against Sunderland? All will be revealed soon.

Both of these sides harbour genuine aspirations of winning the Premier League title this season and ahead of the game, former Arsenal and Tottenham boss George Graham has been giving his view on the season so far...

Arsenal summer signing Shkodran Mustafi could lead the Gunners to the Premier League title, according to Graham. The Scot – who led Arsenal from 1986 until 1995 – believes the German centre-half is the ideal player to address their long-term defensive problems.

"I'm sure Arsene has been after a centre-half for a few years, but there aren't many great ones about," he said, as quoted by The Times. "Early days, but I like what I see of Mustafi – typical German defender, physically tough, mentally strong. Hopefully he is the one. He was excellent against [Chelsea's Diego] Costa.

"Hopefully, with the buys Arsene has made, they've got that toughness now and they can have a real go – not just in the Premier League but in Europe because what I would love, more than anything, is to see Arsenal win the Champions League."

Shkodran Mustafi
Shkodran Mustafi signed for Arsenal during the summer transfer window Getty Images

Pre-match thoughts

Mauricio Pochettino: "Always it is important to have Harry Kane. In the last few seasons he has been very important for us.

"He was top scorer in the Premier League [last season] and always the player who is top scorer in the Premier League is important for any club. It is true he has a good record against Arsenal. It is important he is back and can help the team get a good result."

Pre-match thoughts

Arsene Wenger: "This is more than a derby. It's an important game for us because it's a big home game and we have an opportunity to show that we have an interesting role to play in this Premier League, and that we can win these kinds of games.

"What is important is that we focus on ourselves, on the quality of our performances. We know that we have done very well away from home, and we can do well at home. We know as well that the success of our season will depend on how well we do at home."


Arsenal are one of the in-form teams in the Premier League and are currently on a 15-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Arsene Wenger will be keen to keep that momentum and move to the top of the league when they take on Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Spurs are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League after 10 games, and even though it is early days in the season, the Gunners will be looking to keep their 'Invincibles' tag exclusive.

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These games are always tantalising, but the rise of Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino has definitely added a bit of extra something to the clash.

Stay tuned, because we'll bring you all of the build-up and the all-important team news as soon as it drops...