Sunday, 8 November 2015
Unlikely hero Gibbs saves Arsenal from derby despair
Substitute Kieran Gibbs’ goal 13 minutes from full-time earned Arsenal a draw against Tottenham in an absorbing North London derby.
Gibbs, who replaced Joel Campbell in the second half, met Mesut Ozil’s cross at the back post to bundle the ball home to the delight of the majority of the Emirates Stadium – a goal which gave Ozil a Premier League record for an assist in six-consecutive games.
England striker Harry Kane had given Spurs the lead on the half-hour mark, neatly tucking the ball past Petr Cech after being found by left-back Danny Rose.
The hosts created little in the first half, and were given a torrid time by the pressing and harrying of the Tottenham midfield, prompting Arsene Wenger to replace Santi Cazorla with Mathieu Flamini at halftime.
It looked like the Gunners were heading for defeat when Olivier Giroud wasted two free headers from six yards out in the second half, the first of which hit the bar with Hugo Lloris beaten, while the second glanced agonizingly wide, before Gibbs spared his side any blushes.