Arsenal earn late point against Spurs, City stay top

Sun Nov 8, 2015 2:47pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal's hopes of leapfrogging Premier League leaders Manchester City were frustrated when they drew 1-1 with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after City's surprising 0-0 draw with bottom club Aston Villa.

Tottenham, who moved up to fifth, had looked on course for a rare away win against their neighbors when they led through Harry Kane's first-half goal but substitute Kieran Gibbs equalized for the Gunners with 13 minutes left.

Juergen Klopp tasted defeat for the first time since taking over as Liverpool manager, his side beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace at Anfield.

Manchester City, who hit the bar late on against a resolute Villa side under the command of new boss Remi Garde for the first time, have 26 points from 12 matches, the same as Arsenal, but have a better goal difference.

Tottenham, unbeaten in the league since an opening day defeat by Manchester United, have 21.

Liverpool have 17 points in 10th with Crystal Palace two points better off in eighth.

The Premier League now takes a two-week breather for a raft of international matches.

Injury-hit Arsenal, without the likes of Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey, had a gilt-edged chance to go into that break top, especially after City's stalemate at Villa Park in the day's early kickoff, but in the end were relieved to avoid only a second home league defeat by Tottenham in the last 23 meetings.   Continued...

Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs celebrates scoring their first goal with Francis Coquelin
Reuters / Eddie Keogh