Arsene Wenger insists the burgeoning points gap separating Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is not reflective of a gulf in quality between the teams.
Spurs extended the bridge over their North London rivals to 17 points, beating them in Sunday’s derby courtesy of a 2-0 win.
Goals from Harry Kane and Dele Alli sealed the result at White Hart Lane. But when asked whether the table reflecting Spurs’ superiority over Arsenal, Wenger was dismissive of the Gunners North London rivals
“The points … they do not come from heaven, you earn them on the pitch,” he said.
“Whether I believe or not, the gap is there. It is often in the final part of the season it can go one way or the other.
“These aren’t really reflecting the difference between the teams. But I know it’s an interesting subject for the media.”
Spurs have mathematically ensured they will finally finish above the Gunners come the end of the season, and Wenger congratulated them.
All the while, the under fire Wenger conceded making the top four would present a “difficult” task”.
“Well done to them. When you start the championship, the target is not to finish above Spurs, it’s to win the championship,” he told Sky Sports.
“So the biggest disappointment for us is not to be in the fight, at this period of the season, for the championship.”