Arsene Wenger could not hide his disappointment after watching his side beaten by Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Goas from Dele Alli and Harry Kane gave the hosts all three points in a damaging result for the Gunners who remain six points off fourth place.
Arsenal once again lined up in a 3-4-3 formation but struggled defensively with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain unable to clear Alli’s shot off the line for the opener.
Wenger says he has not seen the first goal back but felt his team might have done better to prevent it, with Spurs adding a second just 146 seconds later.
“Honestly, I haven’t seen it[Alli’s goal] again. I have to watch it from the bench, it was not very clear,” he said via Arsenal’s official website. “We just looked that we were not outnumbered, but we had six against two or three. It was soft defending.”
Spurs had further chances to score as the game progressed and a clearly despondent Wenger admitted the scoreline could have been far greater,
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“I think it was a tight game until they scored the first goal and then we conceded straightaway a soft penalty,” he added. “The 2-0 was a shock and gave Spurs big confidence and I think it took us time to recover from that.
“In the end, we created chances but were a bit lucky to keep it at 2-0. Then the last 15 minutes we dominated the game but without being capable to create clear-cut chances or take any chance we created. Overall I think you come to the conclusion than Spurs deserved to win the game – well done to them.”
Next up for Arsenal is a visit from Manchester United on Sunday with victory vital if the club are to have any hope of a top four finish.