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Wenger rues ‘cheap goals’

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits his side conceded “cheap goals” as they surrendered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby on Saturday.

The Gunners went in front at White Hart Lane in the two sides’ English Premier League clash through midfielder Mesut Ozil, but two goals from Spurs striker and top scorer so far this season Harry Kane turned the game around, as Wenger’s men failed to produce another battling away display like when winning at Manchester City last month.

“We scored early, but I think going forward, we didn’t produce enough,” the French manager said, as quoted by ESPN.

“When we went forward, we always looked dangerous to score but were we too focused to defend our goal? I think so.”

“I believe that we made too many technical mistakes compared to our level, because of Tottenham in the middle of the park. They put us under pressure and we lost some balls we are not used to losing.”

“They were cheap goals [to concede]. Tottenham didn’t create so much, but I think we didn’t produce enough. Overall, we defended with solidarity but the biggest regret is that we didn’t have a good day. We can do much better – that is for sure and that is the positives of the day.”

“It [the top-four challenge] will be a battle until the end. It has been every year with Spurs. We just have to focus on us, because there are many teams fighting to get in there [the top four].”

The French boss was also left unimpressed by the performance of referee Martin Atkinson, feeling several fouls went unpunished.

“I felt he was a little bit like us – not at his best,” the Arsenal manager added.

Wenger also believes Tottenham hero Kane deserves a chance with the England team.

“He was good as always. He grows and he has a good determination. He doesn’t stop, he keeps going,” he said.

“When you have scored the number of goals he has scored, if you don’t put him in there [England], somebody will give him a passport to another country.”


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