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 By Ben Pearce

Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen top performers for Tottenham at Arsenal

It proved to be a repeat of last season's North London derby at the Emirates as Tottenham took the lead before Arsenal struck back to leave honours even in a 1-1 draw.

Spurs had played twice in the previous six days, but they dominated the first half and struck the opening goal, with Danny Rose curling the ball in behind the Gunners' defence and Harry Kane finishing coolly to net his sixth goal in four games -- his third in three games against Arsenal in all competitions.

Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris did not have to make a save in the opening 45 minutes, although that changed after the interval, and Mauricio Pochettino's visitors had chances to double their lead through Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Kane.

Arsenal were creating chances of their own, though -- particularly from set pieces and crosses -- and they levelled 13 minutes from time as substitute Kieran Gibbs beat Kyle Walker to Mesut Ozil's inswinging ball at the back post and squeezed his shot between Lloris and his near post.

That was a setback for Tottenham, who have struggled to close games out this season and lost a lead for the sixth time. But a point at the Emirates was a perfectly good result, especially at the end of a tough schedule, and it extended Spurs' impressive unbeaten run to 11 Premier League games.

With Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool all dropping points this weekend, Pochettino and his players should come to see this game as a point gained, even if it initially feels like two dropped.

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Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):

GK Hugo Lloris, 6 -- After a quiet first half, the goalkeeper made a good low save on a shot from Joel Campbell, but he should have done better with Gibbs' equaliser at his near post.

DF Kyle Walker, 6 -- Was having a good game at both ends of the pitch before a momentary lapse of concentration allowed Gibbs to reach Ozil's cross and level the scores.

DF Toby Alderweireld, 7 -- Helped keep Arsenal at arm's length in the first half and had a header saved by Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, although he could have been more dominant in the air when the high balls were coming in.

DF Jan Vertonghen, 7 -- A generally solid display, although a first-half scuffle with Olivier Giroud was a little embarrassing for both players.

DF Danny Rose, 8 -- Made a key header ahead of Campbell in the first half and set up Kane's goal with a fine curling ball from just inside his own half, dissecting Arsenal's centre-backs.

MF Eric Dier, 6 -- Shielded the back four ably in the first half while providing a cool head in possession, but understandably tired and struggled with some of the high balls that came into the box, having missed a free header in Arsenal's area in the first half.

MF Dele Alli, 8 -- The versatile 19-year-old had spells in front of the defence and behind the striker and was full of energy, confidence and positivity, producing flicks and skills and harrying his opponents into mistakes.

MF Erik Lamela, 7 -- Worked extremely hard for the cause, nearly winning the ball from Cech on one occasion while receiving the only yellow card of the game, which -- rightly or wrongly -- did not curb his enthusiasm or desire to get stuck in.

MF Mousa Dembele, 8 -- Showed his strength again and drove forward when possible while linking well with his teammates, and he did a good job defensively too.

MF Christian Eriksen, 8 -- He was at the heart of the action as Spurs played their way through their opponents on a number of occasions. The Dane saw a shot deflected inches wide before testing Cech with a first-time strike and also played Kane in through the right channel for another chance.

FW Harry Kane, 8 -- He threatened throughout, finishing clinically in the first half and forcing a save from Cech before sending two efforts wide after the break. He was also effective when he got on the ball in deeper areas and gave Arsenal's defenders and goalkeepers little peace with his work-rate off the ball.

Harry Kane continued his scorching form with a goal at The Emirates.
Harry Kane continued his scorching form with a goal at The Emirates.


MF Heung-Min Son, NR -- Replaced Lamela with 15 minutes left and had little opportunity to make an impact.

MF Ryan Mason, NR -- Came on for Alli. Gave Spurs some fresh legs in front of the back four for the final 10 minutes.

MF Joshua Onomah, NR -- The 18-year-old came off the bench for the third game in a row, but with only moments left. Replaced Eriksen.

Ben is ESPN FC's Tottenham blogger. Follow on Twitter: @BenPearceSpurs.


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