Arsenal striker Theo Walcott is pained by the loss to Tottenham as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Gunners were ahead after the first half at the Emirates but Spurs forced their way into the game courtesy of a Harry Kane penalty after Kevin Wimmer earlier own goal. Arsenal have enjoyed brilliant results in the past few games, making them a serious contender for the Premier League title. November is always a troubling month for Arsenal, and it began on a not-too-good note with the draw.
“It was a difficult game, we had good periods in the game, but we didn’t manage to finish our chances. These games are about working hard for the team, maybe we will look back on it as a good result,” Walcott said.
Walcott has enjoyed a brilliant start to the new term, repositioning himself in the Arsenal set-up at the wings, and getting the required goals to the admiration of everyone. He was almost on his way out of the Emirates after underwhelming performances in recent years, playing several roles in the squad. He decided to play the wings, and Alexis Sanchez moved to the central role ahead of Olivier Giroud. The switch made Arsenal a more lethal attacking side.
The North London derby saw Mesut Ozil play a free kick that came off Wimmer late in the first half. The Spurs were the more comfortable side in the opening minutes until the hosts settled in. Not too long after the break, Spurs got their equalizer after French defender Laurent Koscielny fouled Mousa Dembele in the box. On the penalty decision, Walcott said:
“The referee has made a decision, we can’t change that now.”
Harry Kane converted the penalty to keep Spurs within title fighting chances after a below-par run of games.