By Emma Sanders
Jan Vertonghen claimed Kevin Wimmer had a “very good” game for Tottenham when they drew 1-1 against Arsenal in the north London derby on Sunday afternoon.
It was the first time the Belgian had played alongside Wimmer but he revealed the two joked about having to play their first game together on such a big occasion.
Wimmer scored the own goal which gave Arsenal the lead after he misdirected a header following a free-kick from Mesut Ozil in the first half.
Harry Kane equalised for Tottenham in the second half after making his return from injury following almost two months out since the 1-0 victory against Sunderland in September.
Wimmer has struggled to get regular first team football this season but Vertonghen felt the youngster did well alongside himself and Eric Dier in a new-look three-man defence.
“Kevin had a very good game, it’s the first time we’ve played together! We had a bit of a laugh about that,” said Vertonghen, as reported by the Evening Standard.
“The system worked very well, the defence felt very strong and we just needed a bit more luck, but we can be positive,” he added.
The 23 year-old defender made just his third start this season against Arsenal and only his first league appearance, as manager Mauricio Pochettino opted to recall him to the team.
The Austrian signed a new contract extension in the summer so it has surprised some fans that Dier has been utilised as centre-back cover for Alderweireld.
However, Wimmer was given a rare opportunity on Sunday as Pochettino changed formation and despite scoring an own goal, produced a fairly good performance.
In other Tottenham news, this referee reveals why Wimmer’s goal should not have stood against Arsenal.