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Poch says Spurs were better than Gunners

3rd March 2019, 05:02 by Michael Holland

Tottenham were better than Arsenal in 'all aspects' of Saturday's 1-1 draw at Wembley Stadium, Mauricio Pochettino believes.

Aaron Ramsey had given Arsenal a half-time lead at Wembley in his final derby appearance before his summer move to Juventus.

Harry Kane levelled from the penalty spot after he had been nudged over by Shkodran Mustafi, and there was more drama as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a last-minute spot-kick before Lucas Torreira was sent off for the visitors as the game finished 1-1.

In a derby where the performance of referee Anthony Taylor and his assistants came under the microscope, Pochettino was less than impressed.

He felt Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka should have been punished for an early challenge on Kane, with other decisions also going against his side in recent weeks.

"I think if you assess the game I think we were better than Arsenal in all the aspects," said Pochettino. "Sometimes we focus on a few actions. But I think that the action that changed the game was after 12 minutes. The action from Xhaka to Harry Kane that wasn't even a foul.

"That was the action that afterwards changed everything in the dynamic of the game. This season we are so unlucky, decisions that affect us in a negative way.

"Like (against) Manchester United, Paul Pogba should be sent off, Harry Kane got an injury when it was a clear foul on the edge of the box but no foul.

"We keep on going in many, many, many situations but you know, hope that we get to the end of the season and next season change maybe and we have more luck in the future."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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