Bernd Leno says he ‘did a very good job’ in north London derby after mistake for Spurs opener

The German was happy with his overall display despite messing up early on (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno felt he was ‘unlucky’ for the mistake that saw Tottenham take the lead in the north London but was pleased with his response as he made a number of important stops.

The German was picking the ball out of his net after just 10 minutes when he meekly palmed a tame effort from Erik Lamela into the path of Christian Eriksen, who tapped home from close range.

Harry Kane doubled the visitors’ lead from the penalty spot, but Leno made a host of fine saves to keep Spurs at bay after that and he was happy with his overall performance level as he helped the side fight back to draw 2-2.

Leno parried the ball straight to Eriksen who had the easiest of finishes (Picture: Getty)

Asked about the mistake for the goal, Leno told reporters: ‘I couldn’t catch the ball completely and then I tried to get up but Eriksen scored, it was unlucky but that is the life of a goalkeeper.

‘For me it was then like the team, I had to stand up. It is not a big problem just because we conceded a goal, I had to stay positive and I thought after that I did a very good job.

‘I think it was a very difficult start but then we said as a team on the pitch after going 2-0 down “we have to stay positive”.

‘There was still an hour to play and we know about the character in this team and also our quality and then after it went to 2-1 you could see that we at least wanted to draw the game and at the end we still had the chances to win.’

Leno feels Arsenal and Spurs are evenly matched and either team could have won (Getty)

On where the balance of power lies in north London, he continued: ‘We showed that we can play better than them. To be honest, in the first half you saw the quality of Tottenham so again it will a very hard fight until the end of the season and then we will see who will be better.

‘Some minutes after the game it was a little bit disappointing because we had the chance [to win]. But after one hour you have to say it is okay because we were 2-0 down and came back to 2-2 and also that Tottenham had a lot of chances and could have scored the third goal so at the end it was a deserved draw. We are very close.’


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