Arsenal: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Rice, Odegaard, Vieira, Saka, Jesus, Nketiah
Subs: Ramsdale, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Kiwior, Jorginho, Elneny, Smith Rowe, Nelson, Havertz
Arsenal maintained their unbeaten start to the season but twice surrendered the lead to draw 2-2 with Tottenham on Sunday, despite goals from Bukayo Saka and Cristiano Romero (own goal).
Mikel Arteta made two changes to the side that beat PSV on Wednesday, with Eddie Nketiah replacing the injured Leandro Trossard and Fabio Vieira coming in for Kai Havertz.
After an even start, Arsenal came closest to taking the lead when Gabriel Jesus was left unmarked at the back post but his volley was well saved by Guglielmo Vicario.
Moments later, Eddie Nketiah found himself through on goal after Destiny Udogie’s careless backpass with Vicario called into action again to save his near post effort.
With the Gunners beginning to find their groove, the deadlock was finally broken after 26 minutes when Bukayo Saka – who continued to find joy against Udogie – cut inside and saw his curled strike ricochet off Cristian Romero and into the corner. 1-0.
Spurs were clearly flustered at this point and Jesus should have doubled the lead when he robbed James Maddison on the edge of his own box, only to blaze over with the goal in his sights.
But the visitors weathered the storm and began to find ways through Arsenal, with David Raya springing to his right in David Seaman-esque fashion to deny Brennan Johnson a shock equaliser.
With the hosts now looking nervy, the equaliser did arrive shortly after through Heung-min Son who found the bottom corner after slack defending from Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka who allowed Maddison to cross unchallenged. 1-1.
Arteta made two changes at half time – one enforced – with Jorginho replacing the injured Declan Rice and Kai Havertz coming on for Vieira.
The second half began at lighting speed and Arsenal were quickly ahead again, with Bukayo Saka scoring a penalty after Cristian Romero was penalised for handling Ben White’s close range, goalbound effort. 2-1.
However that lead lasted all of 60 seconds when Jorginho was caught sloppily in possession by Maddison who assisted Son for his second of the game – an easy finish with Arsenal all over the place defensively. 2-2.
Son was close to scoring his hat-trick after Spurs worked a smart move down the right hand side, but shot wide of the near post under close attention from Gabriel.
After that end-to-end period, neither side were able to create any clear opportunities although Vicario did make another smart save to deny Saka from range in injury time.
Emile Smith Rowe was brought on in the 96th minute but couldn’t affect the game in such little time, with Spurs taking the last chance of the game although Richarlison fired wide with Gabriel rushing out.
This fixture delivered once again with four goals in an end-to-end encounter and both sides remain unbeaten – although Arsenal will feel disappointed not to have held their lead for all three points.