Arsenal boss Wenger on Spurs defeat: We missed chances we shouldn’t at this level


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says defeat to Tottenham was caused by a failure to take their chances.

Kane nodded in his 32nd goal of the season from Ben Davies’ cross to secure a deserved 1-0 Wembley victory. Arsenal substitute Alexandre Lacazette wasted a glorious late chance to snatch a point in front of a record Premier League crowd of 83,222.

“Possession is 50-50 basically in this game,” Wenger said. “In the first half, the game should have been finished for me. We missed opportunities on counter-attacks that are not missable at our level with the final ball.

“In the second half, we should have lost the game in the early period by more than one goal. We were destabilised by the goal they scored. They had two or three opportunities they could have scored.

“In the final part of the game we should have come back to 1-1, which was maybe not enough but better than 1-0 down. So overall it’s a bit mixed feelings because for long periods in the first half with a bit more quality in the first half we win this game.”

On Lacazette’s late chance, Wenger added: “I believe that we had opportunities, dangerous situations that we didn’t transform into opportunities. That’s where my regret was.

“In the final ball we missed something and overall when you have two or three opportunities like we had in the final parts of the game you want to take your chances. You know if you don’t take them you will suffer at the end of the day.

“To be at the level mentally is to be capable to use the opportunities. That’s what the top level is about.”


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