Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first goal since February to grab a 1-1 draw for Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby.
Arsenal dominated for long periods but lacked a cutting edge until Oxlade-Chamberlain was in the right place at the right time to rescue them a point. Nacer Chadli had put the visitors in front 11 minutes after half-time with his fourth goal in five Barclays Premier League matches this term.
Hugo Lloris saved well from Per Mertesacker to preserve Spurs’ advantage but Oxlade-Chamberlain was alert when the ball dropped to him in the box with 16 minutes left.
Arsenal streamed forward from that point but could not find a second goal, as they were forced to settle for a fourth draw in six unbeaten Barclays Premier League outings this season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was preferred to Alexis Sanchez on the right flank by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, while Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino handed Ryan Mason a Barclays Premier League debut after the midfielder had impressed during the midweek Capital One Cup win over Nottingham Forest.
Aaron Ramsey gave Lloris some early work in the Spurs goal after Danny Welbeck had caught Etienne Capoue in possession. Welbeck was similarly predatory on the halfway line in the 14th minute, dispossessing Jan Vertonghen and racing forward before a last-ditch block from Younes Kaboul denied the England striker.
Lloris showed good positioning when Jack Wilshere thudded a dipping 26th-minute drive into his chest as Arsenal enjoyed a dominant opening, although Mathieu Flamini was forced into the action after an injury to fellow midfielder Mikel Arteta.
Mason was unable to find Emmanuel Adebayor on a rare foray forward from Spurs, while the former Arsenal striker did not make the most of a 38th-minute opening.
That prompted Spurs’ best spell of the half and, after Lloris had palmed an Oxlade-Chamberlain strike away from the bottom corner, visiting winger Chadli dragged a shot wide on the subsequent 43rd-minute break.
Arsenal were forced into a change in first-half stoppage time, with a hamstring injury to Ramsey sending Santi Cazorla into the fray, before Adebayor swivelled to bring a sprawling save from Wojciech Szczesny.
Wilshere, who emerged for the second period despite painfully turning his ankle before half-time, produced a delicate pass to find Mesut Ozil in the Spurs box, but Lloris was equal to the task once more.
Despite appearing to be off the pace as they did at the start of the first half, Spurs stunned the Emirates Stadium crowd by taking a 56th-minute lead. Christian Eriksen muscled Flamini off the ball to find Erik Lamela, who picked out Chadli for an assured finish across Szczesny.
Lloris prevented an almost immediate response by Arsenal, stopping a Mertesacker header on the line from Ozil's free-kick. Arsenal right-back Calum Chambers nearly scored his first senior goal with a superb 30-yard effort that flew narrowly over the top corner after 72 minutes.
But the home faithful were soon celebrating when Flamini steered the ball across Spurs’ box, where Welbeck failed to turn home but Oxlade-Chamberlain did so emphatically, meaning the visitors' winless Barclays Premier League run extended to four matches.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "If you look at the shots on goal Tottenham had and the amount of time they had the ball, they can say they have got a great result today. Yes, it's the kind of game that you win if you don't give a goal away. They waited for us, defended deep to catch us on the break, and we had about 70 per cent possession. You have to be patient without making the mistake.
"It's frustrating. The positive is that we are unbeaten but the negative is that we've missed four points from the quality of the games we've played. Somewhere we have to keep that unbeaten record and I think at some stage we will win the games instead of drawing. Today we would have won had we not conceded the first goal."
"I don't know how long they'll be out. Ramsey is a hamstring and Arteta is a calf. Wilshere [has] an ankle [problem]. Wilshere, I don't know. The two others are out for Chelsea for sure."
"Suddenly we are short because if we lost three players today, and let's not forgot that we already have two out long-term plus Walcott, that's six. [Abou] Diaby is not ready so it starts to become a worry."
Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino: "It is a good point. After the game, when we analyse it, Arsenal managed the ball, managed the possession. But our plan, as you saw on the pitch, was to be compact, to be able to receive in the defensive line and, after we recovered the ball, to go forward quickly to surprise Arsenal."
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