North London Derby Descends Into Chaos As Arsenal And Tottenham Players Square Up
There were feisty scenes at the Emirates in the second of today’s Super Sunday Premier League fixtures; the North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener in the tenth minute saw Arsenal have real hope of extending their unbeaten run to 19 games in all competitions
Just after the half hour mark however, Eric Dier latched onto Christian Eriksen’s dead ball curling cross (the Dane’s becoming directly involved in 4 goals in his last 3 appearances) to head past Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno and put Spurs on level pegging.
The England midfielder was then seen shushing the crowd who had been relentless in their jeering of the visitors.
The act sparked a mass confrontations with seemingly every player on the pitch becoming involved in the brawl.
The two sides respective managers Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino were seen pedalling down the touchline to act as peacemakers, with Spurs sensation Dele Alli seen squaring up to Arsenal benchwarmer Aaron Ramsey who had been training on the sidelines.
Dier was promptly booked for lighting to touchpaper but mere minutes later the fireworks kicked off again after Mike Dean awarded a penalty to Spurs after a peculiar tackle by Arsenal defender Rob Holding on Son Heung-min.
Gunners legend Ian Wright said on Twitter that it was a ‘Disgraceful decision’ (@IanWright0) and it was clear that the home crowd shared his feelings
England captain Harry Kane stepped up to the task and promptly tucked it away, completing a remarkable four minute turnaround to leave the hosts stunned
Kane made it eight in eight in the North London Derby from the spot, but his celebrations were a bit more muted, wisely retreating away from the corner.
The two sides respective managers Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino were seen pedalling down the touchline to act as peacemakers, with Spurs sensation Dele Alli seen squaring up to Arsenal benchwarmer Aaron Ramsay who had been warming up on the sidelines.
Commentator Gary Neville called it ‘the most enjoyable 35minutes of football [he] had seen for a long time’, and it’s certainly hard to disagree.