Arsene Wenger admits that Arsenal’s away form is ‘very poor’ after his side suffered their seventh away defeat of the Premier League season against Sp*rs.
Harry Kane’s second half header was enough to see off the Gunners 1-0 at Wembley.
After the game, the boss was full of regrets.
“It’s very poor,” said Wenger when asked about his side’s awful run away from the Emirates.
“Once they had scored the goal, that maybe played a part in it.
“Football is about scoring goals. You can say, ‘We are not strong enough when defending our goal’, but when you look at the numbers and compare them to the top six, we do not score enough goals away from home.
“These two weaknesses, one added to the other, explain it.”
This season, Arsenal have won just three times from 14 league games, and have just 13 points on the road. Expanding that further, we’ve accrued just 26 out of a possible 78 points in their last 26 away games in the Premier League. During that run we’ve won only seven games and conceded 45 goals while scoring only 35 (stats courtesy of @Orbinho).
Having slipped seven points behind third place Sp*rs, the Gunners chances of finishing in the Champions League positions look slim.
“It’s a game we couldn’t afford to lose,” said Wenger.
“That makes it much more difficult now but we have to fight for as long as we have a mathematical chance.
“There was more at stake than just the derby, I said that before the game. That’s why it’s so disappointing to lose the game in the way we lost it.”
Arsenal now turn their attention to a Europa League double-header with Swedish side Östersunds. While the competition represents a back door route into the Champions League, the boss maintains that his side must still focus on the domestic front.
“It’s too early [to focus on the Europa League], yes,” he said.
“Football is not about switching off for three games and then switching it on for one game.
“Manchester United decided that once they were in the semi-final. We are far from the semi-final and we have to fight to have a chance to come back.
“For me, it’s a very disappointing result because the priority has to be to get into the Champions League from the Premier League [top-four finish].
“I’m not a great fan of qualifying through the Europa League because I don’t think it’s right. If it’s an opportunity, we’ll have to try to take it as well. The priority is still to be in the Premier League.”