The Austrian defender lined up as part of a new-look back three with Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen as we battled back from a goal down via Harry Kane’s penalty to draw 1-1 at Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
The first period didn’t exactly go to plan for the 23-year-old as he picked up a booking early on and then had to deal with inadvertently heading the ball into our own net as he tried to defend a dangerous set-piece in the lead-up to half-time but, unflustered, he got on with the task at hand and played his part as we extended our unbeaten start to the Premier League season into an 11th game.
The result represented a fourth consecutive league draw for us but Kevin, whose only previous two appearances of the campaign had come in the EFL Cup, felt a sense of optimism coming away from the Emirates and believes we’ve given ourselves a good platform to kick on when Premier League football returns in a fortnight’s time with the visit of West Ham United to White Hart Lane.
“We’ve tried to turn things around after recent games and we did well,” said the enthusiastic young centre-back, reflecting on the derby. “For me, it’s always a good feeling to be in the starting 11, especially a game like this. I always try to give my best and we all wanted to win.
“We obviously got the draw, but we now have some time until the next game and I think we’ve turned the corner. We’re moving in the right direction and everyone believes we can continue to improve. Now we have some time while the internationals are on, then we’ll do everything to get the three points against West Ham.”
Above: Kevin Wimmer in an aerial battle with Olivier Giroud.
Fronting up after his unfortunate first-half experiences at the Emirates, Kevin continued: “It was a bad start for me with the yellow card – for a defender it’s difficult against a team like Arsenal who have fast players. We were defending high and when you get a card after five minutes you have it in your mind.
“Obviously to score an own goal is a bad feeling. At first, you are disappointed but once the game gets started again you just want to turn it around. That’s certainly my mentality. We said at half-time that we could get back into it and we showed that from the start of the second half. We had some good chances and that shows the mentality in the team is very good, especially in a game like this.
“It was a great team performance, we had some good chances after we scored the penalty and maybe with a bit of luck we could have won. It was a typical derby, lots of intensity and everyone tried their best. We tried to get the three points and we were unlucky.”