Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to arch rivals Tottenham left the club with a “big disappointment to swallow”, as they look to move on in their midweek clash with Leicester City.
The Gunners made a dream start at White Hart Lane, as midfielder Mesut Ozil opened the scoring after just eleven minutes. However, Tottenham striker Harry Kane recorded a second half brace as Spurs came from behind to hand Wenger’s men their first derby defeat in six games between the two North London rivals.
The Frenchman claimed that the home side were fortunate to find the net several times, but he also bemoaned the productivity of his troops.
He said: “They were cheap goals. Tottenham didn’t create so much, but I think we didn’t produce enough.
“Overall, we defended with solidarity but the biggest regret is that we didn’t have a good day. We can do much better – that is for sure and that is the positive of the day. It leaves us with a big disappointment to swallow first and then to prepare for the next game.”
The Gunners face Leicester at the Emirates on Tuesday and the Arsenal boss was quick to assure the media that his side will be up to the challenge of the Foxes in midweek, despite the loss to their rivals.
“Yes it’s good,” said Wenger when asked of his views on the pacing of the Premier League fixture list.
“If you respond well, it’s very good. We play at home against Leicester, a team who fight not to go down. We have to recover from the disappointment and be ready to respond very quickly.”
The Gunners are priced at 1.29 to defeat Leicester, with the Foxes at an underdog price of 7.11. The draw is priced at 5.43.