BBC pundit John Hartson reacts to Arsenal v Tottenham, calls draw a fair result

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Arsenal drew 1-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

Former West Ham United striker John Hartson says Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur was a fair result despite the visitors dominating for long spells, the BBC reports.

The Gunners headed into the clash bearing a number of injuries and looking to put behind them the 5-1 humiliation they suffered at the hands of Bayern Munich in midweek.

They were tentative in the opening stages, with Spurs pressing them high up the pitch and winning the midfield battle before striker Harry Kane gave his side a deserved lead after 32 minutes.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men had numerous opportunities to extend their lead before Arsenal grabbed an equaliser through an unlikely source, substitute Kieran Gibbs who came on for Joel Campbell.

The final stages of the match went back and forth, and the full-time whistle was met with relief from the home supporters and frustration on Spurs’ part. Hartson, however, deemed it fair.

“Kyle Walker's had a great game and not done much wrong. Harry Kane has been isolated but comes away with a goal and will start for England against Spain,” the former striker said.

“For Arsenal, Olivier Giroud has been a big target, Mesut Ozil is close to being back to his best. It's been a really great game.”

"Arsenal had to do something to get back into the game. Spurs looked a threat in the second half, but I think a draw was probably about right."

Right result?

Spurs will almost certainly feel aggrieved not to have made their dominance count, yet in terms of clear-cut chances some could argue it was Arsenal who should have scored more than once.

The hosts surprisingly looked a threat from set-plays with Olivier Giroud having two glorious opportunities to score, one a free header from six-yards which whistled past the far post.

Spurs were strong on the ball, quick on the counter and for long spells bullied their opponents. A top four spot is very much a realistic target for Pochettino’s side based on this performance.

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