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‘First Spurs player to do so…’ – Tottenham player creates club history in the North London derby

By Mehdi Gokal -

Cristian Romero did not have his lucky boots on as he was involved in both the goals Spurs conceded.

The first Arsenal goal came from a long range Saka strike which Romero tried to block but instead ended up guiding it in his own net.

And in the second half, it was him again after a shot from Ben White hit his arms from close range resulting in an Arsenal penalty after a VAR review.

The decision to award the penalty may have been a little harsh the shot was from a very close range even though Romero’s arm was away from his body.

He became the first Tottenham player ever to score an own-goal and concede a penalty in the same game – setting a rather unwanted record.

Opta posted:

“Cristian Romero is the 11th player in the Premier League history to score an own goal and give away a penalty in the same game, and the first Spurs player to do so.”

Regardless, Spurs responded to both goals almost immediately each time. Both Spurs goals were scored by their captain Heung-min Son and assisted by James Maddison.

This was the first time a Tottenham manager has come out with a point from a North London derby at the Emirates managed by Mikel Arteta.

The last three games all ended in defeats: Arsenal 2-1 (Jose Mourinho), Arsenal 3-1 (Nuno Espirito Santo), Arsenal 3-1 (Antonio Conte). Big Ange managed to end Tottenham’s losing streak at the Emirates.

TBH Says:

It was a very positive performance from us at the Emirates despite a slow start to the game. It took us half an hour or so to get into the game but after that it was Spurs who were the better team.

Points shared but super proud of that performance.

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