Mauricio Pochettino felt that Tottenham recovered their togetherness during Sunday’s helter-skelter 2-2 draw at Arsenal after a difficult start to the season and a raft of problems behind the scenes.
Pochettino selected Christian Eriksen in his starting XI and suggested he was now confident that the midfielder would stay at the club, with the European transfer window closing on Monday. Eriksen has sought a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona and has been chief among the Spurs players to whom uncertainty has clung.
Eriksen opened the scoring before a Harry Kane penalty made it 2-0. Arsenal hit back through Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Pochettino said: “The most important for us is not the table, not the points, it’s the performance. We have recovered the good feelings after the Newcastle defeat last Sunday and a very tough summer – all that happened in these last four weeks. I am so optimistic that we have the quality to build again because in our three previous games this season we didn’t show our quality.
“We need that togetherness. The team wasn’t settled and I told you from day one of pre-season that I wasn’t happy. The most important is to be all on the same page; that the players have a clear idea of how we need to move.