After losing to Liverpool last week, Arsenal were desperate to bounce back with a win.
And with the north London derby there was no better opponent to get one over as Unai Emery looked to get the season back on track.
The Spaniard named a strong line-up, including all three of his formidable attackers in Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe – the club’s record signin at £72m.
But his offensive tactics backfired after Tottenham went 2-0 up in the first-half after goals from Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane.
Arsenal came back to claim a draw courtesy of goals from Lacazette and Aubameyang, but in a match they dominated for large parts Emery will feel aggrieved not to have won.
In the Sky Sports studio, Jose Mourinho was watching over and offered the former Sevilla coach some advice on what to do with his attacking trio.
“I think they are very good players and normally they should be on the pitch all three together,” Mourinho said.
“I think Aubameyang probably he likes to play in the middle because he feels if he’s in the middle he can score more goals. But maybe he can score as many goals playing on the left.
“What happens at Liverpool is [Roberto] Firmino drops back, drops in between the lines, and then he gives more space for [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane to attack these diagonals. I would see Aubameyang playing on that left side of Liverpool and scoring a lot of goals.
“At Arsenal, Lacazette doesn’t have that quality, but they have two options. One is to play, instead of like today with three midfield players almost in a straight line, to play how they played in the last 10 or 20 minutes with two [sitting midfielders] and one No.10 that can feed the three without bringing Lacazette in between the lines.
“Another situation that is very possible is to bring Pepe from the right and in many occasions bring him to the inside.
“Many teams nowadays defend with a back four but build with three in the back, and by doing that they can put for example a right-back completely wide almost as a winger and bring the winger to the inside.
“So if Pepe plays more on the inside, he can feed more that diagonal to Lacazette and do what Guendouzi did for the last goal [for Aubameyang], Pepe doing that from the right with his left foot finding Lacazette on the diagonal.
“So they have lots of options. These three players are very good. They had on the bench [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan, [Mesut] Ozil, [Dani] Ceballos who are players also who can give things.
“I think from the middle to the attacking areas they have a lot of solutions to develop.”