The Gunners conceded a 0-2 lead thanks to a rebounded Bernd Leno save tucked home by Christian Eriksen in the absence of a defence, after which Granit Xhaka slid two-footed through Son Heung-min in the box to concede a penalty. Harry Kane tucked the penalty home, naturally.
However, Lacazette struck before half-time, deftly dribbling with a bouncing ball through the area before blasting home a shot with his left foot. In the 71st minute, shortly after Lacazette was bizarrely substituted by his manager Unai Emery, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised with a touch on Matteo Guendouzi’s curling strike.
The match finished 2-2, despite a number of end-to-end counterattacks and long range efforts on both goals.
Arsenal player ratings
Bernd Leno 6/10
Spilled a simple shot to provide Eriksen with a tap in before denying Son excellently in the first half. Not much he can do about a Harry Kane penalty. Produced some stunning saves throughout to mitigate the error a little.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles 6/10
Wasn’t in the right place after Leno’s fumble, but it was because he was covering the errant Sokratis. Good with the ball in attack.
Positionally adrift as the first goal developed, chasing a header he couldn’t reach, and lacked the pace to get to the rebound. Some poor communication between himself and Luiz. Bundled in a shot on the end of a low cross, but it was ruled out due to VAR.
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David Luiz 5/10
Pushed forward to put pressure early on Son for the first goal and failed. Looked too casual on the ball frequently and created chances for Spurs with his poor decisions.
Sead Kolasinac 6/10
Looked nervous of his defensive responsibilities and unable to put in a threatening ball. Should have left the back post ball at a corner for Aubameyang, stretching to toe-poke it out for a goal kick.
Granit Xhaka 4/10
Slid in two-footed in his own area to concede a penalty, giving Spurs a 0-2 lead, presumably attempting to block a Son shot. A decision beyond comprehension. A player of his experience should not be hampering his side with such abandon.
Matteo Guendouzi 7/10
Dictated tempo well and covered Xhaka frequently when the Swiss wandered off. Put in a testing low shot in the second half and was nearly rewarded. A nice assist for Aubameyang looked suspiciously like a shot.
Lucas Torreira 6/10
Didn’t look at his best out wide, and the trio didn’t provide sufficient cover for the defence. Had his pockets picked and lacked a shade of sharpness, but he was not the obvious issue.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 7/10
Consistently threatening deliveries into the box. Took his goal well with a prod into the corner of Guendouzi’s curler, but the timing and pace of the run was the impressive part.
Alexandre Lacazette 9/10
Dropped deep to assist in transition when he saw the midfield trio were struggling. Pulled off an excellent finish after some stunning footwork at full tilt in the area. Tirelessly brilliant until his substitution, which was booed in some corners of the ground as nonsensical.
Nicolas Pépé 7/10
Looked bright in the first half, getting into good areas and forcing defenders to think about his movement. A shame he couldn’t put some of his efforts into corners – he had more than enough chances to imprint himself on the game.
Dani Ceballos 8/10
Changed the urgency of the Arsenal midfield and tested Lloris with a fierce, but central, long-ranger.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 5/10
Couldn’t bring down a ball with an open goal and seemed to dawdle off the ball. Struggled to create or put away chances, in harsh contrast to the man he replaced.