Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1: We deserved it, insists Redknapp
Harry Redknapp believes Tottenham were worthy winners after victory over Arsenal at White Hart Lane
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp claimed his side were fully deserving of the three points after Kyle Walker’s long-range strike gave Spurs victory over Arsenal on Sunday.
Aaron Ramsey’s goal early in the second half cancelled out Rafael van der Vaart’s opener before the break – but right-back Walker fizzed a shot past Wojciech Szczesny in the 73rd minute to give victory in a pulsating north London derby.
“We deserved the win,” said a delighted Redknapp afterwards. “We were excellent after the break and had all the good chances throughout the half.
“We had got the goal before half-time and to be honest I nearly made the change at half-time to thicken us up in midfield by bringing an extra one on, but I thought I would continue and see how things went.
“Then, unfortunately they got off to a better start in the second half and got the goal.
“They were in the ascendancy at that point and watching the game you may have thought we were in trouble, but then we really upped it – we got better and stronger and really took over things in the second half.”
The Tottenham manager also reserved praise for 21-year-old Walker after he netted his first goal for Spurs.
“Kyle Walker is a great attacking full-back, he just loves to get forward,” Redknapp added. “It was a great strike from Kyle. He has done ever so well and had a good to start to the new season.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss ArsÃ¨ne Wenger was left to reflect on a “frustrating” afternoon at White Hart Lane.
Wenger claimed Van der Vaart’s opener should have been disallowed and the Dutchman shown a second yellow card for an apparent handball in the build-up to Spurs’ opener.
“It is frustrating because their first goal was handball,” said Wenger. “I wonder what the linesmen do in these situations. It is a second yellow card as well because he already had one – for handball, on purpose.”
The Gunners boss also expressed his concern over Bacary Sagna’s condition after the right-back was forced off in the second half after falling awkwardly following a coming together with Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
“We are very worried about his injury,” added Wenger. “He is in hospital at the moment and it is too early to say but the first signs do not look good at all. It is the fibula in the ankle that has to be checked.”