Tottenham Hotspur's 1-1 draw in the north London derby could mark a turning point in their season, according to defender Kevin Wimmer. Spurs have not won a game since beating Manchester City at the start of October – but Wimmer believes their second-half comeback against Arsenal stands Spurs in good stead going forwards.
Mauricio Pochettino's side rescued a point from the game thanks to a penalty in the second-half from Harry Kane, after Wimmer's own goal in the opening 45 minutes. The defender was pleased with the character Tottenham showed, and feels they are back on the right path.
"We've tried to turn things around after recent games and we did well," Wimmer told Tottenham's official website. "For me, it's always a good feeling to be in the starting 11, especially a game like this. I always try to give my best and we all wanted to win.
"We obviously got the draw, but we now have some time until the next game and I think we've turned the corner. We're moving in the right direction and everyone believes we can continue to improve."
The game against Arsenal ebbed and flowed – but Wimmer thinks Spurs can consider themselves unlucky not to have won all three points. "It was a typical derby, lots of intensity and everyone tried their best. We tried to get the three points and we were unlucky," the Tottenham defender said.
On the flip side, former England striker Alan Shearer claimed recently that Arsenal missed a golden opportunity to send a message to their title rivals by failing to beat Tottenham. Shearer said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be ruing their draw against Spurs, who were missing Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld for the crunch clash.
"It was a big opportunity for Arsenal to send out a statement in the North London derby," he said, as quoted by The Sun. "And while it was an excellent game and a fair result, I'm sure Arsene Wenger and his team will view it as a missed opportunity.
"Spurs had two key players out in Alderweireld and Alli and were using a new system, plus Arsenal were playing at home. And while Spurs were going into it still unbeaten they hadn't played well since they beat City at home. They were slow and sluggish against Leicester and were awful against Leverkusen in midweek. Arsenal will have looked at this one, seen how Spurs had been playing and will now feel it was two points dropped."