Tottenham 0 - 0 Arsenal


Walker, Austin, Edinburgh, Howells, Calderwood, Iversen, Campbell, Carr, Sinton, Anderton, Rosenthal. Subs Not Used: Baardsen, Nielsen, Allen, Fox, Wilson


Lukic, Dixon, Winterburn, Vieira, Bould, Adams, Wright, Merson (Hughes 88), Parlour, Bergkamp, Keown. Subs Not Used: Harper, Marshall, Morrow, Shaw


Parlour, Bould




G Poll (Tring)

rsenal failed to capitalise on the inactivity of their Premiership rivals as they struggled to manage a draw against Tottenham.

In fact, Arsenal will probably be happier with the points having failed to create any real opportunities and surviving a number of scares in their own goal.

They were boosted before the match by the surprise inclusion of captain Tony Adams who, with the extra two days' recovery on his troublesome ankle, managed to make the starting line-up for his club having missed England's international against Italy in midweek.

But Adams' presence failed to inspire his team whose main threat of Ian Wright and Dennis Bergkamp were easily snubbed out by a competent display from the Spurs backline.

As usual in the North London derby, form often goes out the window and so it proved with Spurs, who have been struggling for much of the season, making most of the running.

Their best chance came after 58 minutes when Steve Carr's shot was brilliantly saved by John Lukic down to his right and when Edinburgh pounced on the rebound he centred for Anderton to slide the ball into the empty net.

But the England international, returning after a three-month lay off through injury, lost his footing as he went to kick the ball and only managed to make a tenuous connection. He was swarmed upon by two Arsenal defenders and the recovering Lukic and they managed to smother the ball on the line and despite some vain pleas from the Spurs supporters it was clear that the ball had not crossed the goal line.

Spurs continued to pour forward and Arsenal's only real opportunity came in after 54 minutes when Bergkamp's left foot volley was pushed around the post by Ian Walker, who had to endure taunts for most of the game from the Arsenal supporters after allowing Gianfranco Zola's winner past him on Wednesday night.

From the resulting corner, the ball fell to Ray Parlour on the edge of the area and he volleyed just wide of the Spurs post.

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