Arsene Wenger Claims Finishing Above Spurs Has Never Been His Aim Following Derby Defeat

Kavan Flavius

​Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can't be happy with his side after they lost 2-0 to Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sunday at such a crucial point in the season.

With both Manchester clubs dropping points through draws before the Gunners played, it presented them with a great opportunity to aid their top four hopes. 

However, Spurs have made their task way more difficult with their victory, a win that also made sure that it's no longer mathematically possible for the Gunners to finish above them.


Speaking with ​Sky Sports in his post-match interview, Wenger admitted being disappointed, but pointed out that finishing above Spurs has never been his side's target at the beginning of any season.

"Well done to them, but when you start a championship, the target is not to finish above Spurs - it's to win the championship," he said post-match.

"The biggest disappointment for us is to not be in the fight, at this period of the season, for the championship.

"In 20 years, it's happened once.

"Mathematically, it has to happen once and we are not happy with it, but we as well have to accept that we cannot compare ourselves to Spurs, it's compared to where we want to be and what we did.

"Let's fight until the end and not make conclusions to just compare to Spurs today."

The Frenchman also admitted that his players' confidence wasn't where it needed to be.

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Premier League

"They were sharper than us physically today and we had problems to play," he continued. "We were a bit too restricted in our game. We didn't play with enough freedom, that favoured Spurs.

"At the moment, we are not completely back to the level of confidence that you need to play with freedom."

Kavan Flavius is a regular contributor to the Official Chelsea Guest Fan Blog, find him on Twitter @KavanFlavius.

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