Bellerin: Why Arsenal failed to defeat Spurs and Kane in derby blow

Bellerin: Why Arsenal failed to defeat Spurs and Kane in derby blow

The Frenchman said, via the Independent: "It's a game we couldn't afford to lose, of course, and that makes it much more hard now".

"It is always a game that is charged emotionally".

"We've got to build on it, another big game in the Champions League now and keep the momentum going".

Since Mauricio Pochettino arrived at the club, Tottenham have beaten Arsenal only twice in eight tries. If not for his presence, Tottenham would have scored more than one goal.

Nacho Monreal threw away a second one in the 41st minute after tamely heading the ball to Hugo Lloris from a Mesut Ozil pass as both sides finished the first half 0-0.

He was at it again at Wembley yesterday in a moment to sum up the difference between bullying Spurs and fragile Arsenal, and perhaps, the moment that demolished the Gunners' hopes of returning to the Champions League. They have won their last nine games at the national stadium, including a penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea in this season's Community Shield.

Arsene Wenger's side were simply not at the races, despite the fact they defended reasonably well in the first-half, creating very few chances and showing little ability to control the tempo. "But overall it was a good day".

Lacazette's late spurned opportunity to equalise - an excellent piece of play where he used his movement to go around Davison Sanchez before shooting inches wide - is an example of a player who looks rusty after playing a bit-part in recent matches.

Had it not been for Petr Cech's saves, the damage could have been far worse for Arsenal at Wembley.

Since joining the Lilywhites, Arsenal have gone on to win three FA Cups and will face Manchester City later this month in the League Cup final, while Vertonghen has failed to pick up any silverware in the past six years with Spurs.

Defeating Arsenal would help that ambition, while carrying the added bonus of derailing Arsenal.

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.

The significance of this game was beyond the two sides' old rivalry as both of them desperately aim for a top four finish. The gap is not massive but it will be tough.

"I chose Spurs and I think it's turned out well".

"That's what we needed".

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