Arsene Wenger is not giving up on his team’s top four hopes after Saturday’s North London derby loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
“The game should have been finished at half-time for me. We missed opportunities on the counterattacks that are not missable at our level with the final ball,” he said.
“In the second half we should have lost the game in the early part of the second half by more than one goal.
“We were destabilised by the goal they scored and they had two or three good opportunities where they could have scored.
“And in the final part of the game we should have come back to 1-1. We had opportunities, dangerous situations that we didn’t transform into opportunities, that’s where my regret was.
“In this kind of games you want to take your chances, you will not have 10 chances. 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.”
“It’s a game we couldn’t afford to lose, of course, and that makes it much more difficult now, but we have to fight as long as we have a mathematical chance,” he said.
“There was more at stake than just the derby, that’s why it’s so disappointing to lose the game the way we lost it.”
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