Arsenal 10/1 for top-four finish but Wenger still hopeful


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger put North London rivalries aside as he accepted Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane is the most in-form striker in Europe on Thursday.

BT Sport pundits Martin Keown and Rio Ferdinand ripped into Arsenal's shambolic defending, questioning the desire and mental strength of the Arsenal defenders.

His build up play was sublime all game, dropping off deep to get involved in the game he shrugged off Arsenal players easily.

"They were up against a super striker who is one of the best in the world".

On a day where Spurs were pretty wasteful infront of goal, there was only one man who could save the day for the hosts.

The Gunners' final ball was far too often letting them down on their rare forays forward, with Mkhitaryan particularly guilty of some poor crossing from promising positions, although Dele Alli likewise failed to pick out Eriksen at the end of a promising Spurs move. Manchester United decided that once they were in the semi-final.

While Pochettino was unwilling to say whether Kane could dominate elsewhere, he believes the same could be said about some of the greatest players ever.

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However, he ploughed on and when chances presented themselves, he grabbed them with some emphatic pulls and flicks on the on-side. They ended on 207-5, winning with 2.3 overs to spare when Andile Phehlukwayo launched his third six to win the game.

"They lack concentration and leadership in the central area of the pitch".

Although slow to get into full flow, when Spurs get up and running they show that they are up there with the most unsafe sides in the league.

"There has got to be players on the pitch that take responsibility and take pride in keeping clean sheets and being disciplined". "We contained them to very little", Wenger said in his post match interview. His shot went just wide and Tottenham held on for the 1-0 victory.

Both teams struggled to get going in the first half, but the contest burst into life straight after the interval, with Kane heading in his seventh goal in seven matches against Arsenal to break the deadlock in the 49th minute. We played fantastic football, we created a lot of chances. Tottenham powered seven points clear of Arsenal and rose from fifth to third place.

The 2003-04 Invincibles, that Arsenal side everybody talks about when they want to give Arsene Wenger a good kicking, are no more.

"I think the game should have been finished at half-time for me". "It makes it more hard now [to finish in the top four] but we have to fight".

Arsenal are now a massive 10/1 to finish in the top-four and their quest to return to the top-ranks of the Premier League look over for another season.