After Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Spurs in the Premier League, Mathieu Flamini revealed that he believes we had enough fight and passion to beat our north London rivals but I have to disagree.

On the face of it we did have chances to go 2-1 up and win all three points. After Gibbs came on and equalised, we found a new lease of life and started finally playing. However, up until this point we’d looked tired and lacking inspiration. To be honest, we were lucky to draw and on any other day, Spurs could have won.

Speaking after the game, Flamini said, “Of course we are disappointed because it was an important game for us, it was a derby and you want to win it.

“So it is disappointing but we came back after losing 1-0 at half time, so we will take the draw. In these games you have to win them with passion, fight and I think we had it.”

However, I didn’t see any fight or passion for the first 75 minutes of the game. We had good spells, as players of our quality are bound to have, but Spurs more or less ran the whole game – especially our midfield. Whether this was down to exhaustion from our away loss to Bayern or lack of fit players, I don’t know, but I have to disagree with Flamini when he says we had the passion to win.

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