Published: Mon, November 07, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Pochettino sets unbeaten derby record for Spurs

The result leaves Arsenal third, one point behind leaders Chelsea and three ahead of fifth-placed Spurs.

Roberto Firmino added a fourth in the second half before Mane got his second and though Daryl Janmaat grabbed a consolation, Wijnaldum scored the sixth to send them top.

The two foes go head to head again at the Emirates Stadium tonight and Pochettino admits last season's collapse still rankles.

Tottenham's star striker had missed the previous 10 games and his side had missed him more and more during that spell.

"It was so easy to be above Arsenal in that moment. I think we played well in the second half and created some chances to win the game". "But we have another opportunity now and we will see what happens".

Petr Cech refused to be downbeat in his assessment of Arsenal's draw with Tottenham and maintained that his side have the consistency to compete in the title race.

Kane looked a little rusty as the match went on, which you would expect in his first game back in seven weeks, but he very almost put Spurs up midway through the half.

On Kane's return to action, he said: "I am happy with Harry Kane, it is tough after not playing for a few months, ".

He has now scored five goals in four north London derbies and it should have been six when he failed to make proper contact with Danny Rose's low cross.

A noon start would seem to offer an excuse for sluggishness but as Tottenham started well, Arsenal seemed to be suffering from familiar problems.

"Overall Tottenham as well, so it is very tight at the top of the league".

There had been fears both would miss the match with Arsenal after what has been a six-gams winless run, but sources say both players have responded well in training since Wednesday.

"I'm very pleased with the performance", Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side improved greatly from the midweek Champions League loss to Bayer Leverkusen, said.

We tried to put them in a better position to try and play more like wing-backs.

"We try to avoid the risk. We always expect to win games but we're 11 games unbeaten, that's important and we're looking forward".

After a 1-1 draw in which his team halted a previously rampant Arsenal attack for long periods, Pochettino will have been delighted with how his players stood up to the challenge.

"Today you need to be flexible", Pochettino said of his new system.

"We were quite unsafe in the first half and created risky situations in the second", Wenger said.

"But maybe the problem is not in front".

They are still without a win in seven matches but should be better placed after the global break if, as expected, Kane, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela all complete recoveries from injury.

Spurs could rightly be aggrieved that at least two Arsenal players were offside when Ozil swung his set-piece in but the goal stood and Arsenal held the lead at the interval.

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