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Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino says his side deserved to take all three points against Arsenal.

Spurs failed to take advantage of Francis Coquelin's sending off as they only managed a draw against 10-men Arsenal.

Their quest for the English Premier League title resumes next week when they face struggling Aston Villa away from home.

"Yes, it was an opportunity," Pochettino said.

"The way we played, I think we deserved more. We are still very young. This type of game, when you play in our position, it's important to have the experience.

"We have the youngest squad in the Premier League and we showed more than Arsenal in all aspects. For this, we need to be happy. If you focus only on the result, it's not so good because we needed to win.

"I'm very pleased with the effort of the players. We deserved much more. We were unlucky with the way we conceded the goal. It's frustrating when you are leading against 10 but we need to learn. It's not about maturity. It's not about character.

"I can show you a lot of examples of big clubs with experienced players that concede in the last minute. It's not about maturity. All teams sometimes concede goals like this. There are nine games ahead, a lot of points.

"It's true we missed a big opportunity, but Arsenal are a very good team.

"[Arsenal goalkeeper David] Ospina was one of the best players on the pitch.

"Bellerin maybe deserved a second yellow card too. I can't speak too much about the decisions of the referee because it did not affect the result."

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