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“It has to happen once”: Wenger on Spurs finishing above his Arsenal for the first time in 22 years

Date Posted,April 30, 2017

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted Spurs deserved to win the last ever North London Derby at White Hart Lane but claimed he was “not happy” about finishing below them for the first time in 22 years.

Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane secured a rather routine 2-0 win for Tottenham in the final NLD before they move to Wembley and then their new ground, currently being built next to White Hart Lane.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game he said: “Yes, overall they deserved the win. Because first of all they scored two goals and we didn’t but it was an even game until the first goal. Then straight away after that we conceded the penalty.

“You could see we were affected by that and Spurs looked more dangerous than before.

Dele Alli scores Spurs first goal in their NLD win over Arsenal (Photo: AFP)
Arsenal are now too far behind Spurs to catch them this season (Photo: Shaun Botterill)

“And as we didn’t come back to 2-1 they were comfortable. We did not create enough but that is down to Spurs as well, they were sharper than us physically and we were too restricted in our game.

“At the moment we are not back to the level of confidence we need to play in the way we can. The desire was there but we lacked something today.”

And on Spurs finishing above Arsenal for the first time since 1995, Wenger could only congratulate his North London rivals.

He added: “Well done to them, but when you start the championship the target is not to finish above Spurs, it is to fight for the title. In 20 years it happened once.

“Mathematically it has to happen once. We are not happy with it but we don’t compare ourselves to Spurs, we compare ourselves to where we want to be.”

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