English Premiership

Wenger disappointed at Gunners' lack of spark

2016-11-07 20:42
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London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his disappointment with his side's inability to beat arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend.

Wenger bemoaned his side's lack of creativity with the scoring coming through a Kevin Wimmer own goal and a second-half Harry Kane penalty.

Despite a fair result against their fierce rivals, who remain unbeaten in the Premier league this season - Wenger feels their lack of fluidity in their tactical approach lead to a poor performance in the final third.

"It was high intensity and we gave a lot in the first half," he told Arsenal Player.

"Overall we had dangerous situations in the first half but we didn't make the most of it. Sometimes that was because the final ball was not good, sometimes that was because we were offside and shouldn't have been.

"In the second-half we dropped a little bit physically and it became a little bit difficult for us. On top of that the penalty looked a bit soft, but you have to swallow it. After that we gave everything but we didn't find the resources to score.

"I felt it was a bit down to nervousness at the back too. Sometimes we have room to play more. [Sacrificing fluency is] certainly a price we pay to play in the derby. Spurs defended well but we lacked a bit of creativity and technical quality in the final third to be a real danger.

"We are disappointed because we didn't win but overall we are in a strong position," the Frenchman added.

"It's what we make of it now and how consistent we will be. We have been very consistent until now so, even if we are frustrated now, let's try to transform that into positive energy when the Premier League restarts."

Despite dropping points in this fixture, the Gunners remain only two points adrift first-placed Liverpool in fourth position and will be looking to make an assault on number one spot in the league standings.

However, November has historically proven difficult for Wenger's team as it is the time of year when they famously fade away in the title race. Wenger however will be looking to remedy this pattern and will be looking at his new signings to add more steel to his side.

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