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Delighted Pochettino, downcast Wenger

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino (above, with Harry Kane).

Mauricio Pochettino was delighted after his Tottenham side earned a 1-1 draw at Arsenal to stretch their unbeaten start to the Premier League season to 11 games.

Spurs were up against it at half-time in the North London Derby following Kevin Wimmer's own-goal but Harry Kane - making his first appearance since mid-September after an ankle injury - secured the visitors a point from the penalty spot.

"I'm very happy with the performance," Pochettino told BT Sport 1.

"I think we played well at a very difficult place. Arsenal are on a very good run and have momentum.

"Our players deserve full credit today - they were fantastic.

"We showed big, big character to get back into the game."

The result means Arsenal remain three points ahead of their rivals heading into the international break, but manager Arsene Wenger was disappointed with a below-par performance.

"We had some good spells in the game and I don't question the spirit of our team," he said.

"But we usually have more fluency and it looked like we just tried to play too much."

On the decision to award Tottenham a spot-kick for Laurent Koscielny's challenge on Mousa Dembele, Wenger added: "For me it was a soft penalty, a very soft one.

"It didn't look a deliberate foul or that he was dangerous to score. Even speaking to some referees, you can give it or not give it. As Arsenal manager, I wouldn't have given it!"

Wenger also claimed Tottenham's Victor Wanyama had been "very lucky" to avoid a red card.

The Kenyan midfielder proved his usual bustling presence at the base of Spurs' midfield and despite a flare-up with Theo Walcott late in the first half, he avoided a booking.

"He was very lucky to stay on the pitch, of course," Wenger said.

"A few fouls, the elbow on Walcott for example. We have to cope with that. The referee makes the decisions."

Meanwhile, Kane hopes he convinced England boss Gareth Southgate he is fit to face Scotland in next week's World Cup qualifier.

"I'm ready if called upon by England," said Kane. "I'm feeling good and the ankle feels fine."

- Wire Services.


Our players deserve full credit today — they were fantastic. We showed big, big character to get back into the game. It’s been a very difficult game for us, but 11 games unbeaten in the Premier League, we need to be very pleased.

— Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino (with Harry Kane)

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