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No winner in the North London Derby

November 6, 2016 by  
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Premier League gameweek 11: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

No winner in the North London derby as Arsenal and Tottenham leave Liverpool with the control of the Premier League. Spurs’ forward Harry Kane scored on his return for the fifth time in four Premier League games against the London rivals.  

Coach Arsenal, Wenger comments:

“It was a game of high intensity where I felt in the first half we looked always like we could score every time we crossed the halfway line and in the second half we looked a bit more flat physically, a bit more less sharp and we couldn’t find the creativity, the fluency around the box nor the vision we are used to.

I think our level dropped and we were a bit too stretched as well. Spurs defended well on some crosses in the final 10 to 15 minutes, I feel there were some balls where the fact that despite three tall players we couldn’t make enough of corners and we missed some crosses as well. So overall it was high intensity, technically I think our level dropped in the second half and the desire was there. Maybe the result is fair.”

Theo Walcott added: “We always want to win these games. It’s very disappointing to not get the win with our home support. The fans were fantastic from kick-off until the end and were behind us all the way. We couldn’t get the result unfortunately. They all wanted the bragging rights. These games hurt me more than any other game. When you look at how tight the Premier League is and the teams that are fighting for the Premier League, you probably think this is a good result.”

Coach Tottenham, Pochettino:

“It was a strong performance, I’m very pleased, happy for the players because we worked a lot. I thought we were fantastic. 

“We finished strong and it was good after a month that was difficult, some small issues happened, but happy now to have two weeks to try to recover all the players so we can compete better.”

On the unbeaten streak in the League: “We’re very positive. We always expect to win games but we’re 11 games unbeaten, that’s important and we’re looking forward.”

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