A bolt from the blue from Tomas Rosicky with just over a minute on the clock rocked us at the Lane but the team recovered to dominate long periods of the game.
We just needed a chance to fall right - Emmanuel Adebayor went closest in the first half, flicking a volley just wide and just after the break, Nacer Chadli found himself in front of goal twice in as many minutes after Wojciech Szczesny twice dropped crosses, only for Bacary Sagna to rescue him first time and then Laurent Koscielny to clear off the line.
Nacer then just failed to turn home Andros Townsend’s cross, Ade glanced a header just wide and Szczesny saved full length to his left to deny the Togo striker again.
The Gunners were penned in and were forced to defend for their lives - and that equaliser just wouldn’t come.
“Anyone who was here at the Lane or watched on TV knows we didn’t deserve to lose and I felt we had enough chances to win it,” said Head Coach Tim.
“After the start we had, that’s when you need to see character and that’s what we saw.
“I can’t fault the lads’ effort, they were fantastic and the fans were magnificent, they stuck with us throughout.
“One goal and the roof would have come off and I’m sure we’d have gone on to win the game. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get that breakthrough.
“The mood is down, it’s a London derby, but the lads know what they deserved.
“We got punished with a wonder strike early in the game and performed well, so there is no need for the players to have their chins on the floor.
“The result is the only reason - a massive reason, obviously - but I’m confident if we produce that level of performance between now and the end of the season we’ll accumulate a lot of points.”