October 23, 2018

Wenger speaks on losing to Spurs at White Hart Lane

Dele Alli and Harry Kane kept Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League title race as their side thwarted Arsenal 2-0 in White Hart Lane’s last north London derby on Sunday (30/04/17).

According to AFP, the two goals arrived within 146 seconds of each other in the second half, Alli polishing off a rebound in the 56th minute and Kane netting a penalty to take their respective goal tallies to 17 and 21 for the campaign.

Spurs will finish above Arsenal for the first time since 1995, ending 22 years of “St Totteringham’s Day” — the day marked by Arsenal fans when their team can no longer be overtaken by their local rivals.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino speaking to BBC Sport:

“To be above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years is fantastic for our fans. It is fantastic for us too, but we want to win the title.

“It was a very important game and it was a complete performance. We were better in the second half, putting on more pressure and creating more chances. The race for the title is down to four points and we will see what will happen.”

A harmless Arsenal were restricted to a single chance in the first half when Aaron Ramsey brought a good low save from Hugo Lloris.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger speaking to BBC Sport:

“We did lose the game in a very quick space of time, and after that it took us time to recover.

“Spurs deserved to win, we have to accept that and analyse it. It is very disappointing, but the target at the beginning of the season is not to finish above Spurs, it is to win the league.

“They deserve it. We have a cup final to play, we have to fight for a place back in the top four.

“We couldn’t afford to lose the game. We didn’t score, we didn’t score at Palace or West Brom. We have to play more and create more than we did.”

Tottenham have won nine consecutive league games for the first time since October 1960, when they won 13 in a row.

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