Not beating Tottenham is the "worse feeling for Arsenal" says Theo Walcott

 

07/11/16

Theo Walcott admits that Arsenal's 1-1 draw against Tottenhamis the worst feeling in football, but accepts that a point is a good result for the Gunners in the context of the Premier League title race.

Kevin Wimmer's own goal put Arsenal in front during Sunday's north London derby at Emirates Stadium, and a win would have been enough to see Arsene Wenger's side leapfrog Chelsea into top spot.

However, a Harry Kane penalty in the second half ensured Mauricio Pochettino's men denied their rivals the chance to supplant Antonio Conte's Blues, while Liverpool went top later on in the day following a huge 6-1 Anfield win against Watford.

While Walcott was left frustrated after hitting the woodwork against Spurs from 20 yards out, the England international believes the point is still an important one given Arsenal trail Jurgen Klopp's league leaders by just two points after 11 games.

We always want to win these games," Walcott told Arsenal's official website. "It’s very disappointing to not get the win with our home support. The fans were fantastic from kick-off until the end and were behind us all the way.

"We couldn’t get the result unfortunately. They all wanted the bragging rights. These games hurt me more than any other game.

"When you look at how tight the Premier League is and the teams that are fighting for the Premier League, you probably think this is a good result."

Walcott admitted that Arsenal were not at their fluent best following a glut of goals in recent weeks, saying: "It was a difficult game. Between Tottenham and ourselves, we each had good periods in the game but we didn’t manage to take our chances.

"We probably didn’t create as much as we wanted to either. These games are about working hard for the team and trying to get the result but, looking back at it, it might be a good result in the end."

Regarding his chance to open the scoring after 38 minutes before seeing the fierce effort cannon back off the post, Walcott added: "The touch just got away from me and I just thought about concentrating on hitting the ball.

"I think that’s the best I could’ve hit the ball and it caught everyone by surprise but, unfortunately it doesn’t even count as a shot on target. It’s one of those where you think back and it’s all about working hard.

"The guys gave everything. We probably worked harder defensively than we did going forward and that maybe stopped us from creating more."

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