Relief was the overriding emotion following Tottenham's 1-1 draw at Arsenal on Saturday. Relief at not being embarrassed in the north London derby. Relief that a fragile team had finally shown a bit of backbone. Relief that last weekend's gutless home defeat to West Brom had been put to bed. Relief at taking an away point from a Champions League side. Come the final whistle many were celebrating the result as if it were a victory.
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Coming onto this north London derby, we wondered which side was more desperately in need of the victory. In the end, a draw was a face-saving result for both, and an uneventful game offered both managers lessons for the future.
While Arsenal dominated for long periods, Tottenham will be more disappointed they failed to win the contest, having gone ahead in the second half through Nacer Chadli.
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Before the 1-1 draw away at Arsenal, most Spurs fans would have been utterly delighted coming away with a draw. Having gone ahead, they will have gone home nursing a sense of disappointment.
After witnessing the awful performance in that 1-0 home defeat to West Brom last weekend, the Spurs faithful witnessed a lot more fight and quality. Nacer Chadli's opener, though, was cancelled out by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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