Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane in one of the most consequential North London derbies in recent memory. While Harry Kane once again starred for the home side, Coquelin’s red card left the visitors with ten men on the pitch.
A draw was not the result either side particularly wanted, with Leicester City capitalising on the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table later in the day.
However, the North London derby yet again proved to be a thrilling affair for neutrals, complete with goals, a red card and plenty of moments of controversy. Spurs striker Harry Kane proved to be the difference maker on Saturday, earning a foul that resulted in Francis Coquelin’s red card, and scoring one of the goals of the season a few minutes later to give the home side a 2-1 lead.
Although Arsenal fought back admirably and earned a point courtesy of Alexis Sánchez’s first Premier League goal since October, the Gunners’ supporters were understandably infuriated with Coquelin’s silly tackle at the start of the second half. Meanwhile, Spurs fans and neutrals alike took to social media to extol Kane’s wonder goal.
Here are the best reactions from the game:
— Arlo White (@arlowhite) March 5, 2016
That goal from Kane….astonishing strike. He always said that loan spell at Orient was an education…definitely didn’t learn that mind
— James Masters (@Masters_JamesD) March 5, 2016
Harry Kane’s alternative to taking his shirt off to celebrate.
No yellow cards here. pic.twitter.com/fBbosSncVK
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 5, 2016
What a bloomin goal Harry Kane!!!!! #TottenhamVsArsenal
— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) March 5, 2016
Harry Kane has it. It’s as simple as that. And he has it in abundance.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 5, 2016
Harry Kane must think he’s Harry Potter trying to get to platform 9 3/4 pic.twitter.com/V8rq8dQ9oV
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) March 5, 2016
— KICKTV (@KICKTV) March 5, 2016
Reaction to that Harry Kane goal: https://t.co/aceGbddnzn
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 5, 2016
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 5, 2016
Coquelin, Coquelout. In out in out, shake it all about. Stupid red card niggle and you turn around, that’s what it’s all about.
— Wenger Knows Best (@wengerknowsbest) March 5, 2016
Given the circumstances, I’ll take a draw. Coquelin cost us with two needless fouls but great character to respond and secure a point.
— FK² (@fkhanage) March 5, 2016
Now explain yourself Coquelin…..? We got lucky to grab a point…. You owe the lads an explanation on where your head was.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) March 5, 2016
Coquelin is very lucky he doesn’t have a Twitter account.
— VUJ (@DavidVujanic) March 5, 2016
I would honestly fine Coquelin his wage for the rest of the season.
— Rich Laverty (@RichJLaverty) March 5, 2016
Arsenal fans looking at Coquelin right now. pic.twitter.com/lHslcQRUTN
— TheLADbible (@TheLadBible) March 5, 2016