Harry Kane returned from injury to earn Tottenham a 1-1 draw in an intense north London derby and foil Arsenal’s attempts to move top of the Premier League
Requiring a first league win over their rivals in five attempts to climb to the league summit, Arsenal were given a helping hand by Kevin Wimmer’s own goal just before halftime.
But Kane, out since mid-September with an ankle injury,
levelled six minutes after the break from the penalty spot.
Kane wasted two other glorious chances while both sides hit the woodwork.
Theo Walcott thundered a shot against the crossbar in the first half while Tottenham, who finished stronger, nearly won it late on when Christian Eriksen’s
curling freekick into the area evaded everyone and bounced off the post.
Tottenham are unbeaten in the Premier League but have drawn their last four games and stay fifth with 21 points.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his side had been “flat” in the second half, but thought Tottenham’s penalty was harsh.
The Frenchman said: “From outside it looked very soft. I was
surprised that it was a penalty.
“We gave absolutely everything but we weren’t as sharp as we could have been physically in the final stages of the game.
“It’s two points lost.”