Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1: Arsene Wenger criticises Gunners display
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal 'weren't very good' after his side lose 2-1 to Tottenham at White Hart Lane
Arsene Wenger admitted that Arsenal “weren’t very good” after watching his side squander a lead on their way to losing Saturday’s north London derby 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur.
Wenger’s men took lead in the 11th minute at White Hart Lane when Mesut Ozil finished off an Arsenal counter-attack.
But Spurs drew level in the second half when the in-form Harry Kane tapped home from close range in the 56th minute after David Ospina could only parry from a corner.
They created more chances and we cannot dispute that they deserved to win the game
And man-of-the-match Kane then secured the three points with a superb header past Ospina four minutes from time to hand the home side victory in a pulsating north London derby.
Wenger, whose side fell one point behind their north London rivals and down to sixth place in the table, felt that both Arsenal and referee Martin Atkinson’s performances were not good enough.
“We were not very good and the referee was at our level,” Wenger said, speaking to BT Sport. “He didn’t have a good day.
“We were not good enough. They created more chances and we cannot dispute that they deserved to win the game.
“I believe we gave the goals away, both the first and the second. We put some effort in, but we didn’t produce much going forward.
“It is a shame because today we scored an early goal and then stopped playing. We talked at half time about playing more football, but they had higher intensity and dominated in the middle of the park.”
Arsenal’s next game is a home clash with Leicester City on Tuesday night.