Hoddle assesses Arsenal’s title chances following North London derby draw

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Arsenal drew 2-2 in the North London derby on Saturday afternoon.

Glenn Hoddle feels Arsenal are still in the title race following their 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby at White Hart Lane, he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.

There was a point in the second-half at White Hart Lane, with the Gunners down to 10 men and trailing 2-1, that many suggested that Arsenal's title aspirations were over, yet Alexis Sanchez’s late equaliser has kept their season alive.

Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Hoddle feels hosts Tottenham could and probably should have finished Arsenal there and then, but to the visitors’ credit, they came back and secured an invaluable point.

“That Alexis Sanchez goal was a huge moment for Arsenal. Had they lost at White Hart Lane, that would surely have been the end of their title hopes,” Hoddle wrote.

“You have to give them credit. They maintained their threat, even when they didn’t have possession in the first half; even when they were down to 10 men in the second.”

“They took risks by leaving Danny Welbeck and Sanchez up high but were rewarded. What we know about this Arsenal team is that they can go on a run. They are still capable of winning this most open of titles races.”

Leicester City’s 1-0 win at Watford means the Foxes are now eight points clear of Arsenal with only nine games remaining and 27 points up for grabs; a tall order for Arsene Wenger’s side.

If Leicester win seven of their last nine games, it will be curtains for Arsenal, and for every Gunners defeat between now and May, that figure can decrease by one for Claudio Ranieri’s men.

That said, the North London club are capable of going on a run of form, though trips to West Ham United, Everton and Manchester City will ultimately decide how much of a say they have in this fascinating and unexpected title race. Arsenal next host West Bromwich Albion while Leicester face Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium.

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