Alex Oxlade Chamberlain happily managed to knock in Arsenal’s equalising goal against Tottenham on Saturday, and although everyone would have preferred to win the game, The Ox is content that we fought back to remain unbeaten and is trying to look at it positively.
“1-0 down is a tough ask, especially in a derby – it’s not a situation you want to find yourself in,” he said. “Nerves can creep up at that point because you know how much it means to everyone not to lose the game. So we did well to come back into the game and make it 1-1. At that point I felt we had the momentum to go and win it. Personally I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t managed to nick the last goal and take all three.
“There are certainly some games we would have liked to have won, but the important thing is we haven’t lost and not losing those games I think that can play a role towards the end of the season. You never know how important those points here and there can be especially if you are not losing games – giving yourself a chance to build on that and build to win games.
“It’s a positive in one way – you have to show character to come back but it’s not a situation we want to find ourselves in too often. We set out to take control of matches, to set the tempo and I feel that at certain points this season we have done that and we have been counter-attacked, and teams have scored against the run of play. It’s not something we want to find ourselves too often, having to come back but if we are going to go behind it is a positive that the team can show character and not give up and get back into games.”
I guess we have to happy that Arsenal haven’t lost a League game since April, but four draws from the first six this season is hardly inspiring, especially when the last one was against an awful Spurs team and we had 80% of the possession!