Rio Ferdinand reacts to Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham

Rio Ferdinand has his say on Arsenal's thrilling 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday at Wembley

Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand (Photo: BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand reserved praise for Unai Emery after Arsenal were held to a thrilling 1-1 draw with Tottenham in Saturday’s north London derby.

The Gunners went ahead in the 16th minute when Aaron Ramsey rounded Hugo Lloris and fired home.

However, Harry Kane equalised for the hosts when he fired home his penalty in the 74th minute.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had the chance to win it for Arsenal but his penalty was saved by Hugo Lloris late on.

Arsenal were reduced to 10 men when Lucas Torreira was sent off late on, as Tottenham claimed a point from the thrilling game.

England legend Ferdinand was on pundit duty for BT Sport and the former defender felt that Emery deserved credit for the way he set his team up.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Ferdinand said: “We criticised Unai Emery a little bit before the game for his team selection, with Aubameyang not being in the starting line-up.

“He got his tactics spot on today. They were a spot-kick away from winning this game and they defended fantastically well throughout the game, very solid.

“He’s been trying to find a way for this Arsenal team to win games away from home. He was very close against a very good Spurs team.”

The draw left Arsenal in fourth place in the Premier League table, but Manchester United can overtake them if they beat Southampton at home on Saturday.

Tottenham are third and four points ahead of their bitter north London rivals.

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