Arsene Wenger has claimed that Arsenal should have put the game against Spurs to bed in the first-half, but I think that is a little over the top considering our record against the Top Four sides in the last couple of seasons. In fact you would have had to be crazy to bet on Arsenal in this game even if you had a Ladbrokes bonus code to play with! Our boys limped to a dismal defeat against our noisy neighbours this afternoon, and I can’t think of anything more painful to watch than that second half display.
The opening half of the match was much more open however, although we failed to clock up a single shot on target, but that hasn’t stopped our manager from claiming that we should have had the game wrapped up before the interval.
“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.”
The most painful part of the game was in the final 20 minutes of the match, where we finally appeared to be getting in behind our rivals, but no thanks to Alexandre Lacazette, we still only ended the match with one shot on target, although our best chances did fall for the French striker, only for him to put them both wide.
Wenger was upbeat about our overall performance, but believes we should have done better in front of goal.
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.”
Did Arsenal really deserve to be leading at half-time?