In a thrilling North London derby, Tottenham Hotspur secured a 2-2 draw against Arsenal, and manager Ange Postecoglou expressed his admiration for his team’s bravery on the field. However, he also voiced his confusion regarding the handball rule after Cristian Romero conceded a penalty during the match.
Spurs captain Son Heung-min was the standout performer, scoring both of Tottenham’s goals, with Arsenal benefiting from an own-goal from Romero. Son’s first goal came from a James Maddison cross, but Arsenal quickly equalized after the break when Romero was penalized for handball, allowing Bukayo Saka to convert a penalty. Nevertheless, Tottenham’s response was swift, with Son scoring his 150th goal for the club after Maddison won possession from Jorginho.
Postecoglou emphasized that the result wasn’t as significant as the performance itself. He commended his team’s bravery and their ability to go toe-to-toe with a top side like Arsenal, asserting dominance at times during the game. He stated that even if they had lost, the key thing was for his players to see their hard work and tactics come to fruition against a strong opponent.
However, the manager expressed frustration with the handball rule, referencing a similar incident in a previous match involving Wolves’ Joao Gomes. He confessed that he doesn’t understand the rule and called for more clarity, suggesting that unless defenders develop armless capabilities, the rule remains perplexing.
On the opposing side, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expressed disappointment over his team’s failure to secure three consecutive wins against their rivals. He pinpointed a crucial moment in the game when Gabriel Jesus missed a golden opportunity to put Arsenal 2-0 up. Arteta acknowledged that the team lacked composure in the final third and was emotionally affected by Tottenham’s quick equalizer after Arsenal had taken the lead.
Arteta also defended midfielder Jorginho, who made an error leading to Tottenham’s second goal. He emphasized that errors are part of football and that they support the player despite the mistake.
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