This one had our name on it. Tottenham Hotspur had been going through a bit of a dry spell, whereas we were enjoying the best form we’ve had for months. But as seems to be the norm now, the North London derby proved to be another day of frustration for the Gunners. Harry Kane scored yet again, and Mauricio Pochettino remains unbeaten in his first five league matches against Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger went into the game knowing that a win would put his side top of the table, but the players bottled it under pressure in what is a common trend for wearers of the Arsenal shirt. Why is it that we tend to play our most beautiful football when the table is already settled and the title is out of reach? In situations when we actually have a chance to get ahead of the competition we frequently falter. This is one of the reasons why betting tips sites will often discourage staking money on the Gunners, as many believe we just don’t have the steel required to mount a serious title challenge.

I was pretty confident going into this game. Alexis Sanchez was coming off the back of a cracking brace at Sunderland, and my mouth was still watering after that goal of the season contender (see video above) from Mesut Ozil against Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League. Even so, we only managed a measly two shots on target. And unfortunately for us, their talisman returned from injury just in time to crush our dreams.

Kane has now scored five Premier League goals against Arsenal, and is joint top-scorer with Gareth Bale. The England striker seems to relish playing against us, and when he stepped up to take the spot kick it was clear that there was only going to be one outcome.

Credit to Pochettino as well. He is the only Spurs manager to remain unbeaten in his first five games against Arsenal, and is proving to be a worthy adversary for Wenger. This can only add more excitement to when the two sides meet again at White Hart Lane in the New Year. And we shouldn’t be too dismayed about failing to beat them either. No team has managed to break down the Lilywhites so far this term.

Although we didn’t win this we still managed to secure a point against top opposition. We need to put this result behind us now and look towards our next fixture – a tough test away to Manchester United at Old Trafford.