Arsene Wenger has admitted the second-half of Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur did not go the way he wanted.
Arsenal took the lead through a well-taken Mesut Ozil free-kick which was headed past Hugo Lloris by Spurs’ deputy centre-back Kevin Wimmer.
From then on, the Gunners were expected to do enough to secure another memorable home victory in a London derby to add to the 3-0 triumph over Chelsea in September.
However, an attempt from Laurent Koscielny to halt a dangerously direct run by Tottenham at the Arsenal defence saw him concede a penalty which was dispatched by Harry Kane six minutes after the second-half kicked off.
That proved to be the final goal of the affair as both sides settled for a point. But Wenger has suggested that his team could have reacted better to being pegged back by Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
“Did we get a little bit of a mental blow when they equalised? I don’t know.” Wenger said in his post-match interview
“But overall I felt that when we were questioned in the final 30 minutes, we had no physical answer good enough to win the game.
“But we tried. I cannot question the spirit and the intensity of the game, but we lacked, we looked a bit flat.”