Arsenal could not afford to lose to Tottenham, admits Wenger

Harry Kane

You can say, "We are not strong enough when defending our goal", but when you look at the numbers and compare them to the top six, we do not score enough goals away from home.

Kane's headed victor was his 23rd goal of the Premier League season, in a performance that earned him the man of the match award.

"Kane made the difference, that is what he is about", Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said."Once they scored you could see we were wobbling for a while and they could have scored one or two more, but in the last 10 minutes we should have come back to 1-1".

After Sterling and Jamie Vardy exchanged first-half goals, Aguero took over and effectively ended the game with two strikes within eight minutes after the break.

"After United, Liverpool and now Arsenal, it has been one of the best periods since I've been at Tottenham", said Pochettino. But the 1-0 scoreline did not reflect the chasm in quality on the pitch with Tottenham in complete control at Wembley Stadium in front of a Premier League record crowd of 83,222.

"We need to take the initiative a bit more, to attack more and keep the ball because we didn't do that today". If you don't take them, you will suffer at the end of the day. We are now 6 points behind Fourth place but Wenger still hasn't given up on qualifying for the Champions League.

"Watching the last few games, we are comfortable in the way we are playing and the shape we use [4-2-3-1]". "It makes it more hard now [to finish in the top four] but we have to fight". There was more at stake than just the derby, I said that before the game. We've lost the game and we have to move on and focus on the next game and try to win the next game. Manchester United decided that once they were in the semi-final.

"We waited too long", Bellerin told Arsenal's official website. Football is not about switching off for three games and switching on for one game.

"It's very disappointing because the priority is to be in the Champions League via the top four". I'm not a great fan of qualifying through the Europa League because I don't think it's right.

In the tussle to stay in the Premier League, Swansea's revival under Carlos Carvalhal continued with a 1-0 victory over Burnley taking the south Wales club out of the relegation zone.

Failing to qualify for next season's Champions League via a top-four finish would be another hammer blow for the beleaguered Wenger, whose team had to settle for a berth in the far less attractive Europa League this term.

He added: "But if we could win the first leg it would be fantastic".

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