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Wenger left rueing gap after crash at Canaries

ARSENAL are losing touch on the coveted top four, never mind the summit of the Premier League, after defeat at Norwich left them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea, a gap Arsene Wenger has described as "unpleasant".

Chris Hughton's side were well worth their three points after a lacklustre display from the Londoners.

Grant Holt's first-half goal, coming after goalkeeper Vito Mannone had spilled Alex Tettey's 25-yard effort, proved enough to condemn Arsenal to a second defeat in their last three Premier League games.

The Gunners are now ninth and have work to do simply to get back into contention for the top four, never mind reeling in Chelsea.

"The gap is very unpleasant," Wenger said. "We had an opportunity that Tottenham could win and we could win, and we both lost. That of course makes the gap a lot bigger.

"You cannot say you do not worry about that, but what is more disappointing is that we could not score. After we went 1-0 down we had the ball for 70 minutes and could not score a goal."

Wenger felt the Norwich result was a reality check for his squad, which had performed so well to win at West Ham before the international break.

"There was always something missing. Offensively we were really not at our level," added Wenger, whose side resume their Champions League campaign against Schalke at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.

Midfielder Mikel Arteta accepted Arsenal had let themselves down at Carrow Road.

"For the amount of ball we had in the game we should have done more and created more goal situations. We need more patience sometimes," Arteta said.

"We have time to come back, but we are down because we know how good we are and how good we can be. You have to come here, get the points and get away."