Tottenham Hotspur were supposed to be on a great run and have their best chance ever to pull away from Arsenal in the Premier League table, but instead the Gunners fought like lions and were cruising until we lost Francis Coquelin. Our acting captain Per Mertesacker believes that the Gunners played the “perfect away game” but he rued the fact that Francis Coquelin was a bit too enthusiastic in taking out Harry Kane. “I think we need to be more disciplined in those occasions.” Per said on Arsenal.com.
“There was no danger, he was at the sideline as well. It took us 15 minutes to cope with that, being one man down, but after we played fantastically and could have scored a third one I think. We had couple of good breaks and how the team responded after 15 minutes was great. In between it took us a bit but in the heat of the game it is difficult. Overall, the spirit is great and we fought until the end.
“Even before it was 10 men, we played the perfect away game in my opinion. We defended well together, it was a high tempo from the start. It was unbelievable how we coped with that. We scored first, then we looked dangerous on the break. Up to the red card, we played fantastic and it was a good response. Afterwards, it took us 20 minutes to take advantage 1-0 down. It sounds weird but the team is great.”
It is great that we have finally found our mojo again after such a bad run of games, and now we have to carry on that attitude right through to the end of the season, and see where it takes us….