| TEAM LINE UP :|
Adams and Armstrong fight for all!
Parlour's shear strength!
Anelka, Scales and Vega battle for the ball.
Ljungberg has the pace...
Anelka and Scales tussle.
FULL TIME REPORT|
|ARSENAL|| vs ||TOTTENHAM|
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| Attendance : 38,278|
| DON'T be mislead by the result.
Arsenal controlled this game from start to finish and created enough chances to win two London derbies, but the Tottenham goalkeeper had an inspired afternoon and, not for the first time this season, we ended up drawing a game which so easily could have been won.
No surprise then, that the Tottenham supporters were cheering at the end as Arsenal sang `boring, boring Tottenham.
' George Graham was not warmly welcomed as he made his first return to Highbury since taking charge at Tottenham, but his new players were the ones who really suffered early on as Arsenal dominated the game.
Our first good shot came two minutes later when Parlour released Emmanuel Petit and the Frenchman ran at the Tottenham penalty area before firing from 25 yards and forcing Espen Baardsen to tip the ball round a post for a corner.
That nearly resulted in a Tottenham own goal when Colin Calderwood headed narrowly past the opposite post.
Another corner followed when a strong Anelka shot was deflected wide and Overmars went even closer in the 17th minute, but Baardsen saved impressively again.
Tottenham's first dangerous attack came in the 25th minute when Steffen Iversen broke our offside trap, but David Seaman stood up well to the Norwegian's shot.
That gave Tottenham some confidence, but did little to knock Arsenal off course and Baardsen again came to their rescue when Winterburn and Fredrik Ljungberg unleashed powerful, low shots in
Further pressure followed just before half-time, but somehow Tottenham
survived with Baardsen making yet another great block from a stinging Anelka half volley - where's Ian Walker when you need him?
Tottenham were stronger at the start of the second half as the tempo of Arsenal' game dropped, but we were soon back on top and only a moments lack of control from Ljungberg prevented him from scoring the opening goal when Winterburn hit him with a perfect 51st minute cross.
Ljungberg was replaced by Chris Wreh soon after and it prompted another prolonged spell of attacking play.
Patrick Vieira cracked a 25-yard shot just wide, Parlour went close and Anelka shot into the side netting after a genuinely brilliant turn.
And Baardsen was still up to his annoying habit of stopping near certain goals and he denied Overmars with his feet in the 65th minute.
The Tottenham keeper
was saved by Calderwood, however, when Overmars struck again soon after. His shot was so powerful it knocked Calderwood down as he fell like a punch drunk boxer.
But still no goal and our chances appeared to further diminish when Anelka limped out of the game with cramp to be replaced by Luis Boa Morte with just over ten minutes to go.
Yet we still pushed forward and Wreh's dipping drive from the edge of the area prompted another finger tip save from Baardsen.
As full-time approached there was a terrible sense that George might just do us with a late, late one-nil win and my heart almost stopped when Iversen flashed a shot inches wide three minutes from time.
Petit could have won the match with a last minute free-kick, but it clipped Nielsen in the Tottenham wall and flew inches wide of a post.
It just wasn't our day.
Arsene Wenger said afterwards: "Tottenham defended well and we attacked well, what can I say? Baardsen kept them in the game with some very good saves and some lucky ones too, but it was a typical Arsenal v Tottenham match.
"I knew Tottenham would have a physical side when I saw they had Ginola on the bench, but I thought we played well and that is the most important thing.
"We had 11 shots on target, they had one.
We had 11 corners, they had one. We had many dangerous free-kicks, they had none."
Wenger also reported that Dennis Bergkamp, who missed this game through injury, had been pulled out of Holland's squad for their midweek game, but he expects him to return for our next match against Wimbledon.
He then confirmed that Petit will be suspended for our Champion League match against Lens after FIFA decided the booking registered against Winterburn from the match in Kiev should have been awarded to the Frenchman.
By Niick C
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