The Gunners might have played over half of Sunday’s North London derby with ten men, yet there’s a case for arguing that they should have had all three points from the match at White Hart Lane. While Tottenham huffed and puffed during the second half, should Arsenal have been defending a lead at that stage?
Arsene Wenger certainly seems to think so. The Frenchman was seething after the match, claiming that Emmanuel Eboue’s disallowed goal in the first half should have stood. The BBC reports that the Arsenal manager had fewer complaints about the same player’s dismissal later in the game, although he has been scratching his head to fathom why referee Mike Dean denies the visitors their goal.
“The goal we scored is completely normal, how can you cancel a goal like that?” the Frenchman told BBC Sport.
“It’s just not acceptable, this kind of decision. He must have seen a clear-cut foul to cancel a goal like that.
“I would like our opponents to have goals cancelled like that when they play at the Emirates.”
Eboue was also bemused as to why Dean chalked off his strike.
“It was a goal,” the 25-year-old said. “I don’t know why he did not give it. The referee said I touched Woodgate but I did not.”
Meanwhile Tottenham fans must be gutted that they couldn’t make the advantage of having an extra man pay after the interval. Luka Modric had a great chance to win the game late in the day, although Manuel Almunia was quick to block the Croatian’s effort. Robbie Keane was also culpable with a header that his manager felt he should have scored – although he resisted another claim that his wife would have found the back of the net. Was a draw a fair result or did Arsenal deserve victory after seeing a perfectly good goal chalked off?