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Cech admits ‘this was not the game to lose’ after Spurs beat Arsenal

Date Posted,April 30, 2017

Arsenal ‘s season went from bad to worse after defeat in the final North London Derby at White Hart Lane, a game Petr Cech admitted it was “not the game to lose”.

Dele Alli opened the scoring for Tottenham before a Harry Kane penalty wrapped up the points to mean Spurs will finish above the Gunners for the first time in 22 years .

It was the final North London Derby at White Hart Lane with Tottenham playing at Wembley next season as they build their new stadium.

And after the game Cech – who had accidentally been named in former club Chelsea’s starting lineup for their game at Everton – revealed his disappointment.

“I am very disappointed. This is not the game to lose,” he told Sky Sports after the game.

“It was a huge game for both teams and they managed to win. At half-time we were in the game and wanted to improve.

Dele Alli scored Spurs’ first goal against Arsenal (Photo: AFP)
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“When I saved the ball from Eriksen I saw the ball going away and I thought we were safe but then it ended in the back of the net. I haven’t seen the replay yet.

“We need to win the remaining games and hope that some of the others slip up. It is clear for us now.”

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen added to Sky Sports that his team-mates wanted it more than their North London counterparts.

He said: “It was a massive game in so many different ways. We showed from the start we wanted to win more than them, and that we want to stay in the title race. It was a great performance throughout the team, from Hugo to Harry.”

And Harry Kane dismissed any claims he wasn’t clipped by Gabriel Paulista for Spurs second goal, which came from the penalty spot.

He said: “It was a penalty for me. I was clipped, it was a foul. I went down the middle earlier in the season against Arsenal which is probably why Petr Cech stayed there this time.

“We’re only thinking about the title race – the fans having bragging rights is just an added bonus.”

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