Tottenham Hotspur star: 'Just one shot and Arsenal scored'

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Brazilian midfielder Sandro spoke of his disbelief at losing the North London derby on Sunday.

The two teams went into the match at White Hart Lane confident of walking away with a much-needed three points.

Unfortunately for the hosts, it was Tomas Roscky who settled matters – scoring as early as the second minute.

The 1-0 scoreline, however, doesn’t tell the whole story, and judging by the praise heaped on Arsenal centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, it certainly wasn’t a comfortable victory for the away side.

Arsenal’s tremendous backline and spirit deserved to finish on the winning side, yet it could be deemed debatable as whether their performance as a whole merited the North London bragging rights.

Reported by Brazilian website Sambafoot, Spurs midfielder Sandro believed just one goal would have changed the game, and hinted that the away side were lucky to escape with victory:

He said: “We showed passion, won every ball and gave 100 per cent. It was just one shot and they scored.”

"We gave everything, we pushed, but it wasn’t enough. We just needed a goal. Chadli was a good chance, Ade as well, I think we had a lot of chances.”

“I know this means a lot to everyone. It’s the biggest game and we lost. It’s difficult. We have to stay together and I know the fans are with us.”

In years gone by, Sunday’s game is sort of the match where the Gunners would capitulate in.

Arsenal have been criticised on more than one occasion for not having the ability to ‘win ugly’. However, following Sandro’s insinuations that the away side were lucky – such criticism should be seen as a compliment to Arsenal’s new-found ability to grind out a result.

Were Arsenal fortunate to leave White Hart Lane on Sunday with all three points?

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