Arsene Wenger praises Harry Kane and explains regret

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has been reflecting on Arsenal's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Arsenal manager Harry Kane has been speaking about Harry Kane – in comments published by the club’s official website – following the Tottenham Hotspur striker’s match-winning performance this weekend.

The England under-21 international scored both goals in a 2-1 victory, sealing a hard-fought win after Mesut Ozil had initially put Arsenal ahead.

Arsenal did not play particularly badly, defending well for the most part only to see the in-form Kane have the last laugh. And that is something Wenger reflected on ruefully in his post-match interview.

“He was good as always,” Wenger said of the Tottenham player. “He grows and he has a good determination. He doesn’t stop, he keeps going.

“The regret I have is that we gave him a cheap goal.”

Arsenal still have plenty to play for this season but this weekend’s result will be a tough one to take, not only because it was a North London derby but because Tottenham climbed ahead of them in the table as a result.

Without Alexis Sanchez in their side to drive them forward, Arsenal came up short against their fierce rivals; but the fact that Wenger regrets not a missed shot but a porous defence suggests he had worked on ways to keep Kane at bay, only to see him break through regardless.

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