Mauricio Pochettino rues missed chance after Arsenal peg back Tottenham


Despite having a man advantage for the last half an hour of the North London derby, Tottenham Hotspur could only draw 2-2 with rivals Arsenal, in a thrilling derby at White Hart Lane.

Arsenal eventually broke the deadlock in the 38th minute, as Aaron Ramsey turned home Hector Bellerin’s cross with an impressive flick.
After the break, the game changed when Coquelin was shown second yellow card for a stupid lunge on Harry Kane.
Within seven minutes, Spurs had gone in front on goals by Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane, but they couldn’t hang on.
Alexis Sanchez scored a 76th-minute equalizer to earn 10-man Arsenal a point against Spurs, meaning both sides dropped two points on Leicester. Leicester has 60 points, Tottenham has 55 and Arsenal has 52.
League-leader Leicester’s improbable title bid was given further impetus by the Tottenham-Arsenal result ahead of its visit to Watford later Saturday.
Wenger had no complaints about Coquelin’s red, but he was angry that Spurs defender Eric Dier avoided the same fate.
“I am pleased. It’s true, when it was 2-1 I am little bit disappointed with the result, but we have to be happy we keep the three-point gap to Arsenal“, Pochettino said. Arsenal and Tottenham, in arguably the most highly anticipated North London Derby ever, produced a classic to remember for years to come. He wanted to do well and mistimed his tackle and got sent off. I can not complain about it.
But just as it seemed that Tottenham would secure a sixth win of the Premier League season after falling behind, Sanchez levelled matters in the 76th minute with a sharp finish from the right channel from Bellerin’s angled pass from the touchline.
After a pulsating grudge match between the two Premier League title hopefuls entered stoppage time, the broadcaster lost images from White Hart Lane. We want to win our games.
“I am proud of the spirit, but there are big regrets, going down to 10 men was the big regret for the day and it was hard to take”, Wenger said.
“In the first half we conceded a goal when we fully deserved to score, and because we managed the game from the beginning, but sometimes it’s hard”, the Argentinian said.