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We're out of it

Arsene Wenger has as good as conceded that Arsenal are out of the title race after their dramatic 2-1 loss to deadly rivals Tottenham last night. The Gunners could have taken second place away from Manchester United with a win, but goals from 19-year-old Danny Rose and Gareth Bale kept them at bay. Arsenal rallied after the introduction of Robin Van Persie but thanks to some staggering goalkeeping from Heurelho Gomes Spurs held out, boosting their own chances of qualifying for the Champions League in the process.

‘There is too much to do to win the title,’ said Wenger. ‘We are very unlikely to win it but we will continue to fight. You never know. Even a point here would not have been good enough.

'We lost a game we couldn't afford to lose in the title race and that shows that we are not mature enough. If you want to win the title, this is the kind of game you can't lose.

'We had a lot of possession but we could not turn it into dangerous situations. There were two reasons for this. One, Tottenham defended very well and two, we were not good enough with our final ball.

'Until Van Persie came on and transformed our game in the final third, we were inefficient because our passing was not quick enough. In the second half we conceded a very cheap goal and it became very difficult for us. Credit to Spurs, who defended very well and were sharp on the counter-attack. They won more 50-50s than us and it made a difference.'

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