EPL: Arsene Wenger fears Arsenal`s top four chances are in peril
Arsene Wenger conceded Arsenal`s hopes of ending their Champions League exile are in extreme hazard after Harry Kane condemned them to a harmful 1-Zero defeat towards bitter rivals Tottenham.
Kane`s second half header at Wembley on Saturday left Wenger`s sixth positioned facet languishing six factors adrift of the Premier League`s high 4.
Worryingly for Wenger, that hole might develop even larger on Sunday when fourth positioned Liverpool play their recreation in hand at Southampton.
Failing to qualify for subsequent season`s Champions League by way of a high 4 end could be one other hammer blow for beleaguered Arsenal boss Wenger, whose group needed to accept a berth within the far much less enticing Europa League this time period.
Wenger acknowledged that miserable destiny is staring Arsenal within the face once more following Kane`s newest act of vengeance towards the membership that rejected him as a teen.
“It`s a recreation we couldn`t afford to lose, it makes it far more troublesome,” Wenger mentioned.
“We’ve to struggle, there was extra at stake than simply the derby, that`s why it`s so disappointing.
“It`s very disappointing as a result of the precedence is to be within the Champions League by way of the highest 4.
“I`m not an enormous fan of the Europa League winner moving into the Champions League. It`s not proper, but when it is a chance we’ve to take it.”
It was a irritating afternoon for Wenger, whose facet had been out-played for lengthy intervals as new signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan didn’t shine of their first style of the north London derby.
Arsenal`s wretched away file towards groups within the high 5 — they haven`t received their final 16 of these fixtures — left Wenger cursing a scarcity of leading edge and a defence that wilted when Kane rose to move residence from Christian Eriksen`s cross.
“We missed possibilities on the counter assault that aren’t acceptable at this stage. Then firstly of the second half we must always have misplaced the sport by extra,” he mentioned.
“On the high stage you need to be mentally sturdy sufficient to take the probabilities.
“We will solely have a look at ourselves on the purpose, however I don`t assume we lack starvation in defence.
“We had been caught by a brilliant striker, he is among the greatest on the planet. he scores towards everybody.
“The away file may be very poor. we don`t rating sufficient targets away from residence.”
In distinction to Wenger`s woes, Tottenham supervisor Mauricio Pochettino was looking for contemporary methods to reward Kane.
The England star`s 32nd membership purpose of the season means he has now scored seven instances in seven leagues video games towards Arsenal.
Not for the primary time, Pochettino made it clear Kane deserves to be ranked among the many world`s greatest strikers.
“In fact Harry is among the greatest on the planet. I’ve repeated that for the previous couple of years,” he mentioned.
“Generally you imagine that he’s my participant and I attempt to increase him. I`m telling you and I inform once more, in my expertise in soccer, he is among the greatest.
“He deserves to be the most effective. It`s so good to have him in our facet. Harry each recreation he has the identical vitality.”
Within the first north London derby at Wembley for 25 years, Tottenham prolonged their latest mastery over Arsenal, who’ve received solely as soon as within the final eight league conferences with their hated neighbours.
Tottenham are unbeaten of their final 9 league matches and stay in place to qualify for the Champions League.
Damaging Arsenal`s hopes was an added bonus and Pochettino added: “Should you analyse the sport, we created many possibilities.
“My gamers had been incredible, they deserve the total credit score, now preserve going.
“We’re doing a incredible job. It`s vital for the idea of the group and confidence.”