Spurs defender Kevin Wimmer labels Arsenal goal lucky; praises derby atmosphere

The Austrian was clearly disappointed to see Tottenham lose to Arsenal, but he had positives coming out of the League Cup defeat.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kevin Wimmer has opened up regarding the club's 2-1 derby defeat to rivals Arsenal in the League Cup on Wednesday night, in an interview with the Spurs website after the game.

The Austrian international was making just his second appearance for the club against the Gunners, and it proved to be a thoroughly testing and ultimately disappointing affair at White Hart Lane for the summer signing from Cologne, who struggled alongside Argentinian defender Federico Fazio.

"It was a really tough game, we tried to do our best," Wimmer told the Spurs website.

"We had a lot of chances, also in the second half when we scored the goal, after this we should have maybe scored a second goal," he added. "Then of course they score a very lucky goal. It was very lucky with the shot.

"We have to keep our heads up. We know that on Saturday is the next important game for us, but today we had a very good chance to win.

"For me personally the atmosphere was amazing, I tried to help the team with my performance and hopefully in the next derby with Arsenal we’ll win.

"If we had scored the second goal then we would have won."

The Spurs central defence, with just one appearance between them this season, looked shaky all night, but Wimmer certainly emerged from the result with more credit than what ended up a desperately disappointing performance by Fazio.

A two goal brace by Mathieu Flamini would not have been where Spurs players or fans would have expected to lose the match, and having equalised early in the second half through Calum Chambers' own goal, there was a buoyancy around the ground that it would be the home side that would go on to secure the three points.

Perhaps it was a surprise to see the Frenchman smash in the 20-yard volley for the winner, but even the most die-hard of Spurs supporters would agree it is a stretch to label the strike lucky as Wimmer does. A more realistic reading of the goal would be that Tottenham players should have given Flamini less time and space on the ball to measure what was a superb finish, something that Wimmer, in his defence, admits in the video.

Spurs now look to bounce back in what will be a tough game against league leaders Manchester City on Saturday.

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