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Ten-Man Arsenal Hold Spurs

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Arsenal came from behind to salvage a draw in a dramatic North London derby at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon.

A late Alexis Sanchez strike was enough for 10-man Gunners, to secure a 2-2 draw after Francis Coquelin was sent off in the second half.

Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring for the visitors with a cute flick, after a shot from Hector Bellerin met him, but Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane turned the game around with two-goals in two minutes.

Coquelin’s red card changed the rhythm of the game, as the Gunners who were leading and composed to take all three points came under immense pressure from the host.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side continued to press the visitor’s and their efforts paid off in the 60th-minute when Toby Alderweireld met a loose ball at the far post to slot home and level the game for Spurs.

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Two-minutes later, Harry Kane curled in a magnificent angled right-foot finish after to put the host in front.

However, a 77th-minute strike from Alexis Sanchez secured a vital point for the Gunners, after the Chilean met a through pass from Bellerin.

“I am proud of the spirit, but there are big regrets, going down to 10 men was the big regret for the day and it was hard to take,” Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger said.

“We told Francis Coquelin at half-time because he had yellow already but (Tottenham midfielder) Eric Dier deserved a second yellow as well and that could have changed the game.

“I never questioned the character of the team, when you lose you have to respond on the pitch and we did that in a convincing way,” the Frenchman added.

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Wenger, left White Hart Lane a satisfied man, as the Gunners are still in a reasonable position to challenge for the title.

Meanwhile, Spurs are two points adrift of the league leaders, Leicester, after missing a chance to go top for the first time in seven years.

In the other results of the day, Stoke City came from behind to secure a point at Chelsea, Manchester City thrashed Aston Villa 4-0, Everton lost 3-2 at home to West Ham, and Bournemouth defeated Newcastle 3-1.