Arsenal winger, Joel Campbell, headed over the bar from a Kieran Gibbs cross, before Mathieu Flamini opened the scoring on 26 minutes after pouncing on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s parried shot.
However, the hosts equalised early in the second half when Calum Chambers put the ball into his own net in the 56th minute.
Flamini was Arsenal’s unlikely hero at White Hart Lane as he scored his first goals since March in his first appearance of the season to earn his side a fourth round tie at second tier Sheffield Wednesday.
“I believe we were unfortunate in Zagreb to have a man sent-off and at Chelsea as well, but you want your players to behave in a ideal way and not to show any response at all“, Wenger said.
Tottenham, meanwhile, must now regroup for the visit of Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime.
“We did well in this competition a year ago and we said before the game that we wanted to go one step further”, he said.
It didn’t happen for Spurs, and Flamini – who clearly had a bee in his bonnet and a point to prove – scored a wonder goal to win the game in the 77th minute.
“He’s a fighter Mathieu, a victor as well”. Tottenham have strung together three wins in a row now and are looking more and more comfortable with Pochettino’s side defending well and playing an expansive game using their width very well.
Wenger himself revealed he was never sure of Flamini’s plans prior to the start of the season after he told the midfielder he could not guarantee him regular football.
It’s a big game and it’s always nice to get a win.
“We were unlucky to concede the own goal and still found the resources to score the victor”. Cazorla, Ozil, Walcott and Ramsey are also struggling in recent games but I am not sure how much any of these will play. “We have great young players and a good mix, so there are great things for the team”.
A huge sigh of relief was breathed when the lionhearted England worldwide, the only recognised striker available to manager Mauricio Pochettino, swiftly got back to his feet to shake off the knock.