Wenger: Kane made the difference, that's what he's about

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal is tackled by Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea amd N'Golo Kante during the Carabao Cup Semi Final Second Leg at Emirates Stadium

Wenger: Kane made the difference, that's what he's about

During a first half lacking in opportunities, Kane came closest with a free header inside the area, nodding over Petr Cech's bar, before Spurs came out firing after the break.

"I think the game should have been finished at half-time for me".

We were at the Emirates earlier in the season when Arsenal beat Spurs 2-0 thanks to goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sánchez who is now a Manchester United player.

Harry Kane's second-half strike ensured they did so, and Wenger's side are now seven points behind Tottenham in sixth, but the French manager claimed his side should have been ahead by then. We had opportunities, unsafe situations that we didn't transform into opportunities, that's where my regret was.

"At the top level you have to be mentally strong enough to take the chances. Sometimes you want your players to be intelligent, they have played a little bit with the rules, they make more of it on the penalty case", he said.

The Welsh global has been effective in most games in the midfield and certainly finds a place in this side.

Wenger admitted that his team's chances of finishing in the top four now look bleak, but refused to give up completely.

Real Madrid v Real Sociedad
However, Real have crumbled this season, crashing out of the Copa del Rey and enduring a miserable domestic campaign. But they have won their last games against Real Sociedad at home easily , and I don't expect that to change.

For the betting man, both teams to score seems an excellent bet, with Arsenal not having kept a clean sheet in their last five games.

Action returns to the Premier League this weekend, with many marquee football games on show from today through Monday.

Putting together back-to-back league wins is proving to be a problem for Spurs at the moment, last doing so at the very start of January, though Pochettino's charges have a favourable run of fixtures to come once they navigate this tricky test against Arsenal.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored four goals in four previous appearances against Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions; once in the Champions League (2 games) and three goals in the Europa League (2 games).

"Kane made the difference, that's what he's about", Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

But after Harry Kane sank his Gunners again, Wenger said: "I am not a great fan of the Europa League being a qualifier for the Champions League because I think it's not right".

Many have believed Vertonghen to be one of the best defenders in the league, with a number of them feeling he goes under the radar.

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