Arsenal rallies for 1-1 draw with Tottenham

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> A late first-half penalty equalizer by Frenchman Robert Pires earns Arsenal a 1-1 draw against rival Tottenham.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:28 IST
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A late first-half penalty equalizer by Frenchman Robert Pires earned Arsenal a 1-1 draw Sunday at north London rival Tottenham, moving the Gunners one point ahead in the Premier League. In Sunday's other early match, Birmingham defeated Fulham 1-0 when American Jovan Kirovski scored on a twisting 20-meter (yard) strike in the 7th minute. Birmingham played the last 20 minutes a man short with Darren Purse sent off on his second yellow card. Arsenal's draw gave the Gunners a valuable point and moved them one point ahead of Manchester United in the league race. Arsenal has 36 points followed by Man United (35), Chelsea (34), Everton (32), Liverpool (31) and Newcastle (29). Tottenham took a quick 1-0 lead on Christian Ziege's free kick in the 11th. But Arsenal equalized in first-half injury time when Robert Pires scored on a penalty after Spurs' 'keeper Kasey Keller pulled down Arsenal's Thierry Henry in the box. "It was a very tough game," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "A very physical game. I'm happy because we didn't give in. The second half could have gone both ways I feel. Overall, I'm happy with the reaction of the team." Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle's team moved up with 28 points and said Spurs should have won after losing 3-0 to Arsenal earlier in the year. "I think everyone who sees that game would say we deserved to win it. We did enough to win it and I am very proud of the way we played." Trouble on the street broke out after the match in north London with a group of Arsenal fans reported trapped trying to leave the area by rival supporters. Police had the fans protected and called in vehicles to cart them away. No injuries were reported. (AP)

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