By Will Butcher
Jan Vertonghen has claimed that the Tottenham defence was as strong as ever despite a change in formation against Arsenal.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino opted to change his normal 4-2-3-1 system to a formation that included three central defenders, as Vertonghen played alongside Eric Dier and Kevin Wimmer during the 1-1 draw.
The 29-year-old claimed that the 3-5-2 system was a success against Arsenal, despite Austria international Wimmer heading into his own net against the Gunners.
“The system worked very well,” Vertonghen told Tottenham’s official website. “The defence felt very strong and we just needed a bit more luck, but we can be positive today.
“It’s something to keep in mind. We showed great character. It was a good, tense game from both sides and we’re back on a positive track.”
Wimmer inadvertently headed into his own net at the end of the first half, but was relieved to see Harry Kane score from the penalty spot on his return from injury.
Kyle Walker and Danny Rose played as wing backs throughout the match, as they held Arsenal to a share of the spoils at the Emirates.
Pochettinio, a defender himself during his playing career, will now have a formation dilemma on his hands as star defender Toby Alderweireld is likely to return from injury after the international break.
Tottenham are next in action on November 19, as they prepare for their second North London derby in two games against West Ham.
In other Tottenham news, Jermaine Jenas has named the three Spurs stars that excelled against Arsenal.