Arsene Wenger was keen to highlight the chances that striker Alexandre Lacazette was able to create rather than the two efforts he missed as Tottenham triumphed in the London derby as Arsenal’s Premier League top four hopes took a major blow.
Harry Kane was once again the hero for Tottenham as he rose above the competition to score the only goal of the game. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, by contrast, were unable to spark their side as Arsenal were condemned to their eighth defeat of the season.
Tottenham’s victory has seen them move onto 52 points, seven clear of Arsenal in sixth. While the Gunners are five points short of Chelsea in fifth, the Blues have a game in hand against bottom-side West Brom on Monday, meaning they should move eight clear of Arsenal.
The sides above them seem to be gathering momentum at the right time, whereas the Gunners too often surrender it all too easily. Their game against Tottenham saw all of the positivity that was generated following their 5-1 win over Everton obliterated, with Arsene Wenger’s men in a very poor situation with just 11 games of the season to go.
One man that could have earned them at least a point was Alexandre Lacazette. The French striker missed two big chances at the end of the game and this ultimately cost Arsenal. While the striker was criticised for missing the opportunities, Wenger looked to instead focus on what he created as he told the Metro: “He created two chances today. That is a quality as well. He will score goals. He is a goalscorer, he scored goals in his whole career. He will score again”.
Wenger will be hoping that his side can refind their scoring form and quickly, or they will lose even more ground on the sides chasing the Champions League places.