Tottenham midfielder boldly claims this is why his side failed to beat Arsenal

Christian Eriksen thinks his side should have taken all three points at White Hart Lane on Saturday, but says Spurs scored too early.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has admitted his frustration at not being able to hold on for all three points against arch-rivals Arsenal, telling the club's official website that his side scored their goals too early in the second half.

Alexis Sanchez equalised for the 10-man Gunners with 14 minutes remaining after two goals in two second-half minutes for Spurs around the hour mark had turned the game on its head.

The hosts would have gone six points clear of their rivals with victory, but the draw left them five points adrift of Leicester City at the top of the Premier League table, with Arsenal a further three behind.

Eriksen insisted that Mauricio Pochettino's side deserved to emerge from the North London derby with all three points, but suggested that their two-goal salvo perhaps ultimately came slightly too early in the second half.

The Danish midfielder told the club's website: "We might even have scored too early – of course they came back afterwards but we created chances to score so it’s a bit unlucky and I’m very disappointed that we didn’t hold it for the rest of the game.

"They got a bit more confident when they scored their second goal, they wanted to bounce back after being 2-1 down and even with 10 men they tried to go forward.

"We tried as well, both teams had a few small chances but at the end I think one point is a little disappointing. I think we deserved more and we should have got more."

Sanchez's equaliser could prove to be a critical moment in Spurs' quest for a first league title in over 50 years, as victory would have seen the battle for top spot become something of a two-horse race with only nine matches to go.

As it is, Spurs must now overcome a five point deficit before the end of the season if they are to capitalise on their best season in years by winning the ultimate domestic prize.

Pochettino's side are still competing for silverware on two fronts, and they must now divert their attention to the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie with Borussia Dortmund in Germany on Thursday.

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