Arsene Wenger appeared to be watching a completely different North London Derby on Sunday to everyone else.
- Wenger believes players ‘gave everything’
- Claims Arsenal ‘dominated’ final 15 minutes
- Spurs had 11 shots on target, Arsenal had 4
Arsenal were deservedly beaten 2-0 by their bitter rivals during the last ever North London Derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The Gunners looked confused, as if they didn’t really understand where they were supposed to be standing and what their job was, and a bit tired. Unlike Spurs, who, despite playing Crystal Palace midweek, looked as fresh as daisies.
Speaking after the match, Wenger insisted that he believes the Arsenal players ‘gave everything’ during the match.
“I think the players really wanted it and gave everything until the end,” the manager said.
“But we lack something at the moment that is a mixture of confidence, creativity, quality to finish what we start. I think recently the team is still not completely back to the confidence level that is needed.”
The Frenchman also claimed that the Gunners dominated the last 15 minutes.
“I think it was a tight game until they scored the first goal and then we conceded straightaway a soft penalty,” he said.
“The 2-0 was a shock and gave Spurs big confidence and I think it took us time to recover from that. In the end, we created chances but were a bit lucky to keep it at 2-0.
“Then the last 15 minutes we dominated the game but without being capable to create clear-cut chances or take any chance we created.
“Overall I think you come to the conclusion than Spurs deserved to win the game – well done to them.”
‘Dominating’ the last 15 minutes – if you could even call it that – is useless if the team plays as if they’ve been down the pub beforehand for the other hour-and-15.
If that was Arsenal’s players ‘giving everything’, fans have a right to be concerned.