27 September 2014

Arsenal 1-1 Spuds Player Ratings Poll

A pulsing North London Derby comes to a fitting close as Spurs, against the run of play, seized the lead in the 56th minute through a Nacer Chadlii goal. Arsenal, dominating possession and the tenor of the game, were caught on a short counter, the source of all of Tottenham's threats, and pounded deep and repeatedly at Lloris, who made several vital saves, one on a bulleted header from Per that prompted calls for goal-line technology to save the day. The equaliser came in the 74th minute when Ox blasted home during a scramble in the Spurs' box. Despite 69% possession, 16 shots, and 15 corner-kicks, we couldn't find that second goal to win it. Spurs will go home feeling vindicated after taking the point; we'll have more questions to answer about formation, tactics, and injury after again going behind and having to chase the game. For now, cast your ballots in the player-ratings poll below...

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We'll take a closer look at the match itself and later. A draw away to Everton, and draws at home with Man City and Tottenham? The first felt impressive, the second satisfying. This third one has me gritting my teeth.