Arsene Wenger was not happy to see his team drop two points against rivals Tottenham in the North London derby on Sunday. The game ended in a 1-1 draw after a goal in the second half by Harry Kane on his return to the Spurs lineup.
Arsenal grabbed the lead shortly before halftime through an own goal by Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer on a set piece. The centre back tried to clear a cross by Mesut Ozil but ended up putting the ball past his own keeper Hugo Lloris. Kane got the equalizer in the 51st minute from the penalty spot after Laurent Koscielny had brought down Mousa Dembele. It was Kane’s first game back from injury, and he ended up saving a point for the visitors. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thought his side lacked a bit of creativity on the day.
“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,” Wenger said.
“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.”
The draw saw Arsenal drop down to fourth place in the Premier League standings.