By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Kevin Wimmer made his first Tottenham start of the season in their 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Sunday – and fans took to Twitter to express their sympathy at his own goal.
The centre-back was selected in a three-man backline alongside Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen, with Kyle Walker and Danny Rose pushed forward into wing-back positions, as Mauricio Pochettino surprisingly opted to rejig the Premier League’s meanest defence.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 6, 2016
Wimmer initially looked nervous on the ball and handed Arsenal their opening goal when he headed a Mesut Ozil free-kick past his own keeper Hugo Lloris after 42 minutes.
It was a controversial goal as Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny, who were behind Wimmer when he made contact with the ball, had strayed into offside positions and appeared to influence the Tottenham man’s decision to head the ball.
Spurs fans on social media expressed sympathy with the recalled defender, who grew in authority as the match progressed.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
On the whole Wimmer did well #COYS
— Bart Ewing (@gbewing) November 6, 2016
I’ll take the draw, great result for us. Can’t forgive Wimmer for that though #COYS
— Lauren Emma Segal (@LaurenSegal) November 6, 2016
Wimmer much better #COYS
— FMC (@fm_carv) November 6, 2016
— Alief Septihan (@alifspurs) November 6, 2016
Dembele best player on the pitch. First 25/30 👍🏻 Last 15 👎🏻 Wimmer unlucky #COYS
— John Austin (@thejondog) November 6, 2016
Our guys have been working hard, good to have Kane back, can’t blame wimmer for the goal, hopefully we come out strong in second half #COYS
— Coys’Life (@Tommyroed) November 6, 2016
— John Ferguson (@JFerguson_85) November 6, 2016
— Peter W Evans (@Peter_W_Evans) November 6, 2016
It was Wimmer’s first Premier League appearance since April and only his third appearance for Spurs in all competitions this season.
The Austria international’s two previous matches in 2016-17 had come in the League Cup, against Gillingham and Liverpool.
Wimmer is the second player to score an own goal in a north London derby, after ex-Tottenham striker Chris Armstrong in March 2000.
In other Tottenham team news, this is the expected starting XI against Arsenal.