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Tottenham vs Arsenal LIVE – Harry Kane scores and Hugo Lloris saves as penalties define north London derby

Re-live all the action from the north London derby

Harry Latham-Coyle
Saturday 02 March 2019 15:11 GMT
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Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a 90th-minute penalty as a scrappy north-London derby against Tottenham Hotspur ended in a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Hugo Lloris got down low to keep out the substitute's poor kick and rescue a below-par Tottenham who had equalised in the 74th minute through Harry Kane's spot-kick.

Arsenal, bidding to close the gap to their arch-rivals to one point, had taken the lead in the 16th minute when Aaron Ramsey broke clear after a mistake by Davinson Sanchez.

Kane had a first-half header ruled out for offside but Tottenham struggled to create chances as a third Premier League defeat in succession for the first time since 2012 loomed.

Alexandre Lacazette had wasted a good chance to make it 2-0 to Arsenal, but it was the man who replaced him, Aubameyang, who cost his side victory with a poorly-struck penalty after Sanchez was adjudged to have fouled him.

A niggly game ended with Arsenal's other substitute Lucas Torreira being red-carded for a high tackle on Danny Rose.

Tottenham's first league draw of the season left them third in the table, four points above Arsenal who can be overtaken by Manchester United if they beat Southampton later.

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Premier League North London derby as Tottenham host Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.

Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30pm with the teams set to be confirmed an hour before, and we'll bring you all the latest news as it lands plus build-up to the biggest game in the top flight today.

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Welcome to the pointy end of the 2018-19 Premier League season.

There are just ten games left in a season that has ebbed and flowed, and there is still much to be decided, particularly amongst a top-six that has surged comfortably clear of the rest of the league this season.

And as we round the bend into the home straight, what better way to kick things off a weekend of derbies than in North London, for a game chock-full of intrigue.

It's Tottenham against Arsenal.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 March 2019 11:15
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Just four points separate the two teams heading into today's fixture, with Tottenham's recent misfires pulling them away from the title race and leaving Muaricio Pochettino's side looking over their shoulders for their closest rivals. 

Conversely, Unai Emery's Arsenal are going from strength-to-strength, rotating effectively, calling on forgotten faces yet maintaining good form, playing some lovely football in the process.

It is a derby that is finely poised, as ​Luke Brown illustrates...

Harry Latham-Coyle2 March 2019 11:21
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Five minutes until team news from Wembley...

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Team News

Jan Vertonghen returns to the Spurs team as part of a back threee after passing a late fitness test on his hip, but a similar ailment sidelines Harry Winks. Victor Wanyama comes in to midfield, while Harry Kane starts a third game in a week after returning from injury.

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Team News

Laurent Koscielny is also fit enough to start for Arsenal after an injury scare against Bournemouth.

Alexandre Lacazette is preferred to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front, and Granit Xhaka to Lucas Torreira in midfield.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 March 2019 11:33
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Derren Brown? Penn coaching the defence, Teller the attack? Paul Merson?

Mauricio Pochettino believes Daniel Levy will have to find another "magic guy" if he is expected to start winning the Premier League and Champions League in the club's current climate.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 March 2019 11:38
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And with Pochettino presumably glancing more and more anxiously into the rear-view mirror, today's opponents aren't the only side he'll see...

Harry Latham-Coyle2 March 2019 11:43
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Tottenham certainly wouldn't have expected Wembley to host this game when the fixtures came out last summer.

But the continued delays at the new White Hart Lane mean we are indeed at Wembley, which, as plenty of Arsenal fans have pointed out on Twitter since Spurs moved two their temporary home, marginally closer to the Emirates than the site of the new stadium...

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The series is one apiece this season, with Arsenal coming from behind to win the reverse fixture before Spurs got some form of revenge in the Carabao Cup three weeks later in a game marred by an unsavoury incident involving Dele Alli.

Overall, the series record reads 82 Arsenal wins, 64 Spurs wins and 51 draws.

Who'll come out on top this afternoon?

Harry Latham-Coyle2 March 2019 11:58

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