Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker reflects on North London derby draw against Tottenham Hotspur in Premier League

Per Mertesacker

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker believes that Tottenham Hotspur deserved a point from the North London derby at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker had made an honest admission about his side’s performance in the North London derby.

The Gunners played out a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday (click here to read more).

Nacer Chadli's fourth goal in five league appearances this season gave Spurs the lead early in the second half, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slammed home the equaliser in the 74th minute.

Although the Gunners dominated possession (69% to 31%) and had more attempts (16 to 6), they were not at their best and struggled at times to break down the Tottenham defence.

Mertesacker has admitted that that Arsenal’s comeback was ‘unremarkable’ and is quoted as saying by the club’s official website: ‘When they took the lead it was very difficult but we came back in a good way, not in a remarkable way’.

The 2014 World Cup winner also conceded that Tottenham deserved the point and said: ‘It could have been a bit more, but overall they deserved a point because they defended well’.

In terms of statistics Arsenal deserved to win the North London derby, but Tottenham showed a pragmatic side to their game and made it tough for Arsene Wenger’s side to create clear-cut chances.

After all, only six of Arsenal’s 16 shots were on target, while Spurs had four of their six attempts on goal.

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