So, that was that. An underwhelming derby in which Tottenham did all the scoring ends with the Gunners still looking up at the top of the table, but only by two points; not a disastrous outing, but not necessarily what we all wanted to see.
NBC Sports has a (geoblocked, US only, unfortunately) recap of the game:
And after the game, Arsene Wenger had this to say about the effort overall:
“There were some good spells...I don’t question the spirit of our team, but it lacked...fluency. We played a little too nervous.”
When asked about the penalty incident, he gave a fantastic Wenger answer:
“Contact is not a penalty. A foul is a penalty. For me, it was a soft penalty.”
And as far as the own goal goes, he had this to say:
“You never have to head the ball in your own goal”.
Meanwhile, in front of the other changing room, Mauricio Pochettino was, predictably, a little happier.
Overall, he was
“...very happy with the strong performance we showed today; it was a very competitive game, a nice game to watch”
When asked about the changes he made at half time, he said
“we worked very hard to find a better solution, we moved a fullback more forward and played with two strikers, and I think it worked”
and when asked about Dembele, he said that Spurs
“...tried to push him closer to Eriksen, to try to allow (Dembele) to (be in the box) more”.
Asked if he was content with a single point, given that Spurs haven’t won in a few games, he replied
“Yes. There were some difficult moments, but we finished strong. 11 games unbeaten is good”.
And he’s not wrong about that - but Arsenal’s current streak of 16 unbeaten is better. Moving Dembele did change the game quite a bit, but overall Arsenal’s individual quality allowed them to cope, even if it was at times a little frantic.