By Joe Brewin
Wojciech Szczesny believes it doesn't matter how many saves a goalkeeper makes if it's in a losing cause.
The Pole was superb for the vast majority of Sunday's North London derby, denying certain goals for Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor among others. But his one mistake was punished as Kyle Walker's long-range shot clinched a 2-1 win for Tottenham.
Szczesny has been one of Arsenal's stand-out performers this season - he was the Club's Player of the Month in August - but he left White Hart Lane with regrets despite another fine display.
“If you make good saves you want to take something out of the game," he said. "I made a few good saves but it gave nothing to the team because we lost the game and came out with no points so it doesn't matter really.
“I think in the second half you could see an improvement but we were a little bit too sloppy on the ball and they looked dangerous on the counter attack. In the second half we scored, controlled the game but then gave a silly goal away.”
Szczesny held his hands up for that second goal but he had no complaints about Tottenham's first - scored by Rafael van deer Vaart - despite claims that the Dutchman handled the ball before finding the net.
“I didn't see the handball, I thought he controlled it and finished very well,” said the Pole. “It was a good finish.
“The second goal I was very disappointed in myself - I shouldn't get beaten from that kind of distance so I will take that myself.
“There was a lot of movement on the ball and I reacted too late. I got a touch on it but it wasn't strong enough. I blame myself for the second one but other than that I didn't think the team deserved to lose the game."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Oct 2011