Date: 2nd May 2017 at 12:35pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger knew how disappointing our defeat at the weekend to Tottenham Hotspur was and he also knew that 22 year old history had now been rewritten.

Heading to White Hart Lane for the game and looking not only to improve our own chances of the top four finish, but also to interrupt their hopes of catch up on Chelsea, Arsenal went down two nil on the day and Wenger knew the hosts on the day had deserved their victory as Arsenal once again stuttered this season.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference a disappointed Wenger explained.

‘Look, the points are the points. They do not come from heaven, you earn them on the pitch. That’s it.’

Arsenal are of course 17 points behind Tottenham now and for the first time in 22 years they will finish ahead of us in the top flight table and that led to questions of whether he believed there was a large gap between both sides this year.

‘Look, whether I believe or not, the gap is there. That is often in the final part of the season, that can go one way or the other without really reflecting the difference between the teams. But I know it’s a good subject for the media.’

As for our own top four hopes, he knows we’ve once again made it difficult for ourselves but it’s not an insurmountable challenge.

‘It will be very difficult now, but we have to fight. We have a cup final, we have still a chance to get into the top four and we have to recover from today and prepare for our next games.’

Pressed on the performance and game itself, he went on to say.

‘I think it was a tight game until they scored the first goal and then we conceded straightaway a soft penalty. The 2-0 was a shock and gave Spurs big confidence and I think it took us time to recover from that. In the end, we created chances but were a bit lucky to keep it at 2-0. Then the last 15 minutes we dominated the game but without being capable to create clear-cut chances or take any chance we created. Overall I think you come to the conclusion than Spurs deserved to win the game – well done to them.’

Asked whether he’d learnt anything about the players following the game.

‘Look, I felt that there was plenty of room in the first half especially to score goals, that we didn`t use well because we played with a bit of a restricted attitude. I felt that we lacked a little bit of freedom to play and desire to hurt them more than we did. I think the chances we created in the first half were clear-cut chances. We did not take them well. Not with enough conviction and not with enough determination.’

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