Bernd Leno says Arsenal’s failure to beat Sp*rs was frustrating as the Gunners settled for a 1-1 draw at Wembley.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a golden opportunity to secure all three points when he won a penalty in the final minute only for Hugo Lloris to save the striker’s spot-kick.
We were good value for our half time lead, given to us by Aaron Ramsey on 16 minutes, but were pegged back by Harry Kane’s late penalty, awarded by referee Anthony Taylor for a shove by Mustafi on the England captain even though he was offside.
“It is very frustrating because we conceded a late goal and also had chances to score with the penalty,” Leno told Arsenal.com.
“We were a bit unlucky but that’s football. The first half was good and the second was not our best game, and the equaliser was deserved for Tottenham but in the end we had the chance to [win it].
“I think it was a very good spirit we showed, especially away we don’t always play like today but don’t need only spirit against team like Spurs, you need it in all the away games.
“We have to look forward to the other away games, they are the key to getting a top-four place.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s clash with Manchester United, Leno went on, “Our confidence is very big because we are still in a good moment, we played well against a strong team, especially in the first half when we controlled the game.
“Next week we have another big home game against Man United that we want to win against another team who wants to get into the top four.”
Leno can be pleased with his efforts in goal today, which included an amazing double stop to deny Cristian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko, although he admits, he didn’t know much about the situation.
“I don’t know what happened, everything was so quick,” he said. “Sissoko shot, I didn’t see the ball, I just reacted: I think the best saves are always those when you don’t quite know what happens!”
You can see how we rated Leno’s day in the office, here.