Hugo Lloris had an answer for his doubters as he salvaged a North London derby draw for Tottenham Hotspur against Arsenal.
With the game tied at 1-1, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was brought down in the box by Davinson Sanchez, but the Gabon striker’s tame spot-kick was palmed away by the Spurs skipper, before Jan Vertonghen produced a heroic block to deny the ex-Borussia Dortmund man in the ensuing scramble.
Lloris’ intervention saw him lauded by fans on social media following a difficult week, in which he was at least partly at fault for a nightmare own-goal by Kieran Trippier in the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.
As for the Lilywhites as a whole, they will likely be frustrated by their performance on Saturday lunchtime, with only their keeper’s heroics and a controversial Harry Kane penalty denying the Gunners all three points.
A lively start saw Arsenal take the lead when Alexandre Lacazette put Aaron Ramsey through, and the Welshman ran clear from the halfway line before rounding Lloris to slot into the empty net.
At the other end, a superb double save from Bernd Leno kept the scores level just before the break as the German denied first Christian Eriksen and then Moussa Sissoko from close range.
Arsenal were coping well with Tottenham’s efforts to break them down in the second period, but the home team drew level at Wembley when Kane, who had strayed into an offside position as the ball was played, was barged from behind by Shkodran Mustafi and got up to slide home the resulting penalty.
And after Lloris denied Unai Emery’s men the chance to win the game with his stop from Aubameyang, Lucas Torreira got his marching orders for a high challenge on Tottenham’s Danny Rose.
The sides were forced to settle for a point apiece, but it leaves Spurs in a fight to maintain their place in the top four.
As for Lloris, he has come in for some criticism from the Tottenham faithful this season after a number of mistakes, but was toasted on Twitter after this game, with the best of the reaction below:
— Sean Og D (@seanogd) March 2, 2019
— Together we are (@whisperozzie) March 2, 2019
I’m unhappy. Need to create more chances. Only shot on target second half was a penalty I swear. Abysmal. Should be grateful Hugo saved their penalty. I expect more. No complacency on Tuesday! #THFC pic.twitter.com/TxEj8Vlydy
— X (@pleasant_pete) March 2, 2019
— TheStevenageSpur (@StevenageSpur) March 2, 2019
— Rob Davies (@ByRobDavies) March 2, 2019
— Zac Wassink (@ZacWassink) March 2, 2019
— Evelyn (@evelynlnbh) March 2, 2019
— Chris Frank (@Cfrank32) March 2, 2019
— Manni Saini (@m8hny) March 2, 2019
— Paul Redshaw (@PReddog84) March 2, 2019