Coquelin ‘really sorry’ for north London derby dismissal


Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is happy with a point from the north London derby, which ended 2-2, despite taking the lead at one point against the ten men of Arsenal.

Arsenal were 1-0 up when Coquelin earned a second booking for an ill-advised sliding challenge on Harry Kane near the sideline 10 minutes into the second half.
The ever-alert Danny Welbeck found Hector Bellerin on the right-hand edge of the area, and the Frenchman’s low cross along the six-yard box was brilliantly turned in by Ramsey for his fifth Premier League goal of the season, and his first for eight matches.
Spurs responded with two quick goals to take the lead, but Alexis Sanchez equalised with his first Premier League goal since October.
“In our position, two points from the top, we have nine games ahead and we need to be focussed on Thursday against Borussia Dortmund, they are a very tough side too and we can not stop”.
Although Wenger was relieved to escape without a damaging north London derby defeat, his side are now five points behind leaders Leicester, who can extend that lead when they face Watford later on Saturday.
Wenger had a different version of events, arguing that “we have big regrets because I couldn’t see at 11 against 11 how we could drop points”.
Spurs had more of the ball in the final stages though Arsenal could have won it, with Ramsey delaying on his shot after running through on goal to allow Kevin Wimmer to perform a last-ditch tackle. “Francis knows he made a big mistake and we can’t complain about the decision”.
Eric Dier: Referee Michael Oliver should have levelled up the red-card count when Dier pulled down Giroud on the halfway line having already been cautioned – it was another case of inconsistency from officials in one of the biggest games of the campaign.
Kane was inches wide with another chance as Tottenham went for a third but the hosts were stunned when Bellerin expertly picked out the otherwise anonymous Sanchez who beat Lloris with clinical precision to end a run of 11 league games without a goal.
“We warned him at half-time as well”.
“Considering my red card I think it’s a great result for us”, he said.
“But I think Dier deserves a second yellow as well”.