Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has admitted the 2-2 draw against Arsenal in March was a crucial blow to their title hopes. The 24-year-old star has confessed that conceding a late goal against the Gunners – who were down to ten men at the time – proved to be a major turning point in the season.
Spurs' title hopes were officially extinguished on Monday evening (2 May), when they drew 2-2 against cross-city rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Eriksen has congratulated Leicester City on winning the Premier League and identified the Arsenal game as the key moment in Tottenham's title challenge.
"It is exceptional what they have done," the Spurs midfielder explained, according to the Daily Mail. "I can only credit them for what they have done and achieved. I texted [Denmark team-mate Kasper] Schmeichel to say congratulations and he was happy. I could feel that in his text message. He was really happy. They definitely deserve it.
"We threw it away a few games ago when we had the chance to go top. After that they showed consistency by winning games 1-0 for the whole season. So congrats to Leicester. Hopefully next season will be revenge."
Despite missing out on the Premier League title this season, Eriksen thinks Spurs fans have much to be optimistic about. "We did not achieve what we wanted but we did all we could and we are at the beginning of something good," he said of Spurs' progression under Mauricio Pochettino. "Everyone can see that. Every fan you meet.
"Even today I met a fan who pulled over in a car and said, 'You OK? You OK? Next season we'll get them. Next season we'll get them'. So you can see everybody is optimistic. People have changed their minds how they see Spurs. It's a good start and it's something we have forced people to believe in us."