Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has warned Tottenham Hotspur there is still a long way to go in the race for a top-four finish and backs his side to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointment, the Mirror reports.
The Gunners went in to the North London derby in high spirits but a Harry Kane double saw rivals Spurs claim a vital 2-1 victory, leapfrogging Arsene Wenger’s men in the process.
Following Manchester United’s draw at West Ham United, it’s becoming increasingly congested at the top and Wenger warns there are plenty of games left for his side to recover from Saturday’s setback.
“Overall there’s a long way to go, so I believe just keep going and recover, show quickly a strong response on Tuesday and then we see where we stand after that,” the Frenchman explained.
“It’s not the first time we lose a game, but how we bounce back is to take the information from what we got at Tottenham and respond very quickly.”
Spurs may have local bragging rights for this season in terms of head-to-head results, but the overall prize won’t be decided until the season comes to its conclusion in May.
For the North London duo, Champions League qualification for next season is ultimately the primary aim and the true bragging rights will belong to those who book a ticket against Europe’s elite next season.
For the Gunners, they’ve finished above their rivals for 20 consecutive seasons and they have the experience of getting the job done in the final stretch of the campaign – a huge advantage.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men, on the other hand, still possess a few weak spots in their armour and they have at times been unconvincing when tasked with breaking teams down, especially at White Hart Lane.
Yet, with the form of striker Harry Kane and his ability to get on the end of crosses, he is beginning to prove an excellent outlet for the Lillywhites and gives them an extra dimension.
The season run-in is likely to be a taxing period for both teams, and dealing with inevitable losses when they arrive could ultimately prove the difference between a top-four finish and missing out.