Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart: We could have beaten Arsenal

Dutch midfielder equalized early after Walcott opener and slotted home the penalty that secured his side's comeback and dented rivals title aspirations
Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart admitted that he thought he side could have beaten Arsenal despite coming from 3-1 down to secure a draw in a thrilling north London derby.

The Dutch midfielder got himself on the scoresheet twice, first to equalize after Theo Walcott’s opener, and then to score his side’s third from the penalty spot as Harry Redknapp’s men dented Arsenal’s title aspirations at White Hart Lane.

In what was an incredibly open affair, Van der Vaart praised the role the home crowd played in getting the side back into the game.

“I think it was a great game, the crowd were fantastic," he told Sky Sports. "We played a great game against one of the best teams in the league so we can be happy with 3-3.”

With both side’s looking to secure a win, the game was quite stretched at times, with lots of end-to-end football resulting in a number of chances for both sides, and Van der Vaart felt that Spurs could have taken all three points .

“It was an open game and both teams wanted to win, and that’s why there was lots of space.

“We had a few good chances in the second half, Modric in particular, so we could have won.”

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