Football - Wenger braced for tough task

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal now face a "massive" task to get back into the top four, but insisted they are not about to throw in the towel.

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Spurs moved back above Chelsea up into third place in the Barclays Premier League, and crucially opened up a seven-point gap on Arsenal, following a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane.

First-half goals in the space of two minutes from Gareth Bale - his 20th of an outstanding campaign - and Aaron Lennon just before the break proved enough to hold off the Gunners, who had started the game well and rallied after Per Mertesacker's header on 51 minutes, but failed to find an equaliser.

"It is frustrating because we put so much effort in and lost the game when we were on top," said Arsenal boss Wenger. "We were 2-0 down when we should have been 2-0 up.

"After, it gave them confidence to defend well, which is what they did for the rest of the game.

"It is difficult to understand how you lose a game like that.

"We had a great attitude and came out with no points because we were not efficient where it matters - at the front and in the back."

Wenger added: "It will be a massive challenge. I said before the game that we could not afford to drop points.

"It happened to us many times this season and only in big games. It's difficult to say why - there's no common thing. In all the games there is a different problem, but after you make it difficult for yourself.

"I cannot fault the attitude or the effort that the team produced, or the spirit the team has shown, but you give yourself a mountain to climb every time in a game of that magnitude."

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