Tottenham Hotspur maintained their unbeaten run but once again failed to find a win this weekend, as they pegged back Arsenal to a 1-1 draw in the first North London Derby of the season.
The Gunners will have been favourites heading into the match but Harry Kane’s second-half penalty extended Spurs’ unbeaten run in Premier League North London Derby’s to five games, making Mauricio Pochettino the most successful Spurs manager in the opening five league clashes with their arch-rivals.
Argentine boss Pochettino had one man in particular to thank for putting his name in the record books, as Moussa Dembele was a thorn in the side of Arsenal all game.
With six successful dribbles and 89% passing accuracy, Belgian international Dembele controlled a packed midfield at the Emirates Stadium to see Spurs pull through with a positive result.
Also contributing with one clearance and three successful tackles, Dembele’s defensive performance in front of a three-man Spurs back-line was also crucial as it limited the clear-cut opportunities that Arsenal managed to create in the game.
The 29-year-old has struggled with injury problems this season and was regarded as a doubt for Sunday’s match but he showed no signs of any problems, and fans can expect to see even better performances when he’s back to full fitness.