Christian Eriksen gives frank assessment of Tottenham's failure to hold on to second spot

The Spurs midfielder admits "it hurts a lot" that his side were unable to finish ahead of Arsenal as runners-up.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has admitted to Sky Sports, as quoted by BBC Sport, that the players have been badly hurt by their failure to finish ahead of arch-rivals Arsenal in second place.

Spurs, who have been champions Leicester City's closest rivals for the final months of the season, looked set to end a season above the Gunners in the table for the first time in 21 years.

However, a four-match winless run to end the season, culminating in a shocking 5-1 defeat at relegated Newcastle on Sunday, saw them leapfrogged by their North London neighbours on the final day of the season after Arsenal's 4-0 win over Aston Villa.

Had Spurs held on to second they would not only have had the end-of-season bragging rights over their rivals for the first time in a generation, but they would have secured their highest league finish in over 50 years.

The club's failure to do so is a crushing end to an otherwise superb season, and Eriksen admitted that the hurt players can only blame themselves for ultimately falling short.

The Danish international told Sky Sports, as quoted by BBC Sport: "It hurts a lot [to fail to finish second]. The last four games we needed one more point and we can only blame ourselves for the last four games.

"It is maybe good to have a break now and concentrate on other stuff and keep our head really open for next season and be even better."

Despite the agony of being pipped to the post by Arsenal, Spurs have still finished third in the league for the first time in 26 years and have enjoyed generally their most successful season in decades.

However, it is likely to take some time for the players and supporters to get over the terrible end to the season as joy turned to disappointment at St. James' Park.

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