Tottenham 1 – Arsenal 1
Arsenal avoided defeat to Tottenham in the Premier League this season.
The Gunners beat Spurs 4-2 at home, while Saturday’s north London derby at Wembley ended in a 1-1 draw.
Spurs will be far happier after the weekend’s stalemate. Particularly as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a late penalty which could have significantly shaken up the top four picture.
Spurs remain third in the league with 61 points from 29 games. Arsenal are fifth in the standing with 57 points on the board.
Referee Anthony Taylor had a bad game
Saturday’s NLD was littered with poor decisions from referee Anthony Taylor.
Perhaps the only consolation for Tottenham and Arsenal is that the officials bad calls affected both teams.
Accordingly, here’s a rundown of everything Anthony Taylor got wrong at Wembley.
Tottenham vs Arsenal: the mistakes, part I
Should Danny Rose have booked after seven minutes?
The Spurs defender was accused of diving in a challenge with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Rose flung himself to the ground, however he avoided a booking.
Granit Xhaka could have been sent off in the 13th minute.
The Swiss midfielder took out Harry Kane with a dangerous tackle from behind.
Xhaka, never looking like he was ever going to stop Kane, wiped out the Spurs striker with an awful challenge.
Incredibly Anthony Taylor didn’t even book the Arsenal player.
Tottenham vs Arsenal: the mistakes, part 2
Should Tottenham’s penalty have been awarded?
This time the blame was with Anthony Taylor’s linesman rather than the official himself.
TV replays showed that Harry Kane, along with others, should have been flagged for offside before Mustafi took out the Tottenham attacker.
If there were questions about Tottenham’s penalty, the same is true about Arsenal’s.
How did Aubameyang manage to win the spot-kick?
The Gabonese striker went down in the Spurs box with Davinson Sanchez is close proximity.
But did Sanchez really foul the striker in the box?
Aubameyang stands accused of going to ground far too easily to convince the referee into pointing to the spot.
Tottenham vs Arsenal: the mistakes, part 3
There was also another incident during Aubameyang’s penalty itself.
Should it have been retaken?
Jan Vertonghen was clearly encroaching in the Spurs box before Hugo Lloris made his save.
Moreover, Vertonghen then cleared the danger after Lloris had kept the ball out of the net.
Would Vertonghen have reached the ball first had he not been encroaching? That’s doubtful.
Should Danny Rose have been sent off?
Leaving aside his earlier dive which went unpunished, Rose landed his studs into the midriff of Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno.
Anthony Taylor booked the Spurs left back. But should a red card have been shown?
Rose’s foul needs to be compared with what happened to Lucas Torreira late on at Wembley.
The Arsenal midfielder collected a straight red card for his foul on Rose.
If Rose wasn’t sent off, did Taylor make an error dismissing Torreira? Where was the consistency?
Torreira will now serve a three game ban.
Finally, will Davinson Sanchez face retrospective action?
Sanchez stands accused of stamping on Laurent Koscielny.
The Tottenham defender avoided a booking at the time of the incident.