Pochettino: Draw with Arsenal a 'fair result'


After seeing his Tottenham side struggle for possession during the game at the Emirates, Mauricio Pochettino was happy to take home a point despite taking the lead.

Former Southampton manager was more than happy with the 1-1 result at Arsenal, especially considering Spurs were under pressure for sustained periods of the game.

Nacer Chadli had given the visitors the lead early in the second half, but once Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain equalised with 15 minutes left, it wouldn't have been beyond reason to see Arsenal go on and score a winner. But the Spurs players dug deep, and via plenty of heroic defending, and at least one or two acts of superb goalkeeping from Hugo Lloris, the Gunners failed to create another significant opening.

Pochettino discussed the draw with BBC Sport after the game, undoubtedly happy to win a point away at one of the Premier League's top four - something that had been a significant problem for both Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood last season.

"We know that Arsenal have the control of the ball and managed the game," admitted the Argentine.

"Our strategy was defending well, and afterwards playing with two strikers with Nacer Chadli and Adebayor and try to surprise them [Arsenal].

"Our strategy was good and congratulations to the players for defending well.

"We prepared the game, we prepared our strategy. Our players did well, it was difficult because we expected a tough game today.

"It was a fair result."

Though Pochettino was quick to pay attribute to his whole side, he did reserve a special mention for Tottenham graduate Ryan Mason, who impressed on his Premier League debut.

"Ryan did well, he’s happy in his first Premier league game. I’m happy for him, I think we had a good balance in midfield with Etienne.

"All players did their best - this is a good point to start to build something important."

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