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English Premier League: Son Heung-min nets, Tottenham Hotspur hold Gunners

Tottenham’s second goal came after a huge mistake by Jorginho, who dawdled on the ball in midfield and was dispossessed by James Maddison

Our Bureau London Published 25.09.23, 08:57 AM
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Son Heung-min scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur maintained their unbeaten English Premier League record under Ange Postecoglou by holding Arsenal to a 2-2 draw in the north London derby on Sunday.

Arsenal led twice through an own-goal by Cristian Romero and a penalty by Bukayo Saka, but Son made it 1-1 shortly before half time and levelled again on a quick counter just a minute after the Gunners had scored their second.


Tottenham’s second goal came after a huge mistake by Jorginho, who dawdled on the ball in midfield and was dispossessed by James Maddison.

Both teams remained level on 14 points each after four wins and two draws to open the season but fell four points behind leading defending champions and table-toppers Manchester City.

Tottenham have impressed under Postecoglou but this was seen as the biggest test yet for the manager’s attack-minded “Angeball” tactics.

And, a point at Spurs’ biggest rivals will only underline the feeling that the club is heading in the right direction after a disappointing last season under Antonio Conte.

Arsenal had the better start, though, and took the lead after Oleksandr Zinchenko robbed Spurs of possession. Arsenal worked the ball over to Saka on the right flank and he cut into the area before taking a left-footed shot that was deflected into his own net by Romero.

Gabriel Jesus should have doubled the lead in the 32nd when he robbed Maddison of the ball in the Tottenham area to have a free shot on goal but fired it well over the bar.

In a free-flowing first half, Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya made a great save in the 38th by diving to his right and palming away a shot from Brennan Johnson after a quick counter by Spurs.

But, Son equalised in the 42nd when Maddison cut in from the left and picked out the South Korean, who beat three Arsenal defenders to the ball for a first-time finish inside the far post.

Newcastle’s 8

Newcastle United matched their record league win with a scintillating display as they embarrassed winless Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Any fears of a European hangover following their Champions League exertions on Tuesday soon vanished as Eddie Howe’s side cruised to victory with eight different players getting on the scoresheet.

Chelsea’s stuttering start to the season took another turn for the worse as Aston Villa piled more misery on the 10-man Blues with victory at Stamford Bridge.

Ollie Watkins fired home an unerring winner between the legs of Robert Sanchez from an incredibly tight angle.

Darwin Nunez scored a fine goal as Liverpool saw off West Ham to extend their unbeaten run to 18 games in all competitions. Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the lead from a penalty after he was brought down by Nayef Aguerd.

Written with inputs from AP/PTI

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