By Will Butcher
Victor Wanyama has revealed his delight at how Tottenham “controlled” the north London derby against Arsenal on Sunday.
The Kenya captain starred in midfield for Spurs and is no stranger to feisty local rivalries, after playing for Celtic in three Old Firm derbies against arch enemies Rangers.
Now with Tottenham after a summer move from Southampton, Wanyama claimed that the rivalry between Celtic and Rangers is incomparable but also revealed his joy at playing against Arsenal.
“Celtic-Rangers is a one-off game really,” Wanyama told Tottenham’s official website.” But this derby is good as well. It’s great to play in. I’m just pleased we showed what we can do and we were really strong as a team.
“We were 1-0 down but our goal gave us the belief to go on and try to win the game. I thought we were in control for long periods and deserved to win.”
Harry Kane spared Tottenham’s blushes at the Emirates, as his second-half penalty cancelled out Kevin Wimmer’s own goal to earn a 1-1 draw.
Wanyama assumed his normal role in front of Tottenham’s defence on Sunday, despite Mauricio Pochettino shaking things up by playing a three-man defence against the Gunners.
Despite the impressive point away at their bitter rivals, Spurs have now failed to win in seven league and cup encounters and find themselves five points behind league leaders Liverpool.
Wanyama and co. are next in action against West Ham on November 19, as they prepare for their second consecutive London derby.
In other Tottenham news, Jermaine Jenas has named the three Spurs stars that excelled against Arsenal.