Arsenal 'not mature enough' as title hopes ended by Tottenham
Arsene Wenger has conceded that Arsenal’s distant hopes of winning the Premier League title were effectively ended by last night’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham.
The gap to Chelsea is six points with only four matches remaining and Wenger accepts that the wait for a trophy will now stretch into a sixth season.
“We lost a game we couldn't afford to lose in the title race and that shows we are not mature enough,” he said.
“If you want to win the title this is the kind of game you can't lose. There is too much to do to win the title. We are very unlikely to win it, but we will continue to fight you never know. Even a point would not have been good enough tonight.”
The only major positive for Arsenal from their visit to White Hart Lane was the return from injury of Robin van Persie, who was immediately the focal point of their attack and forced several excellent late saves from Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
“Until Van Persie came on and transformed our game in the final third, we had a lot of possession but were relatively inefficient because our passing was not quick enough,” said Wenger.
“Van Persie has not kicked a ball in five months in a team and you could see straight away that he gives us something different and special.
"Our bad luck is that in the final sprint we have many good players out and it is too much.”
Thomas Vermaelen also limped off last night with a calf injury, meaning that Sol Campbell and Mikael Silvestre are the only fit and available senior centre-backs.