Jack Wilshere and Erik Lamela were involved in a heated war of words at the end of the North London derby, which required players from both sides to step in and pull them away from each other.
Lamela, in only his second game since returning from a long-term injury that kept him out for a year, came on as a second half substitute for Son Heung-Min. He got right into the thick of things, and almost immediately found himself in referee Anthony Taylor’s book for a tackle on Wilshere.
While there wasn’t much in the clash initially, Lamela sought out Wilshere at the end of the game and said a few words, inciting an angry reaction from the Arsenal midfielder.
However, just before the Englishman and the Argentinian could get in each others faces, players from both teams got involved – Kieran Trippier held Wilshere back, while Alex Iwobi held on to Lamela – and immediately diffused the situation before going their separate ways.
The derby was largely dominated by Tottenham, who really should have closed out the game, but were very wasteful.
Arsenal themselves had two golden opportunities to level the tie, spurned by Alexandre Lacazette in the dying moments of the game, and Harry Kane’s 49th minute goal ended up being the difference between the two North London sides.