By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger admits that Arsenal's season has been a case of "two steps forward and one step back".

The Frenchman took his team to White Hart Lane on Sunday on the back of three consecutive wins in three different competitions but, despite showing glimpses of their best form, Arsenal succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Tottenham.

It was a similar story at Blackburn last month as Wenger's side followed two good results with a poor one. The manager believes that a lack of conviction has been a contributory factor.

"It is two steps forward and one step back, it is exactly that," said Wenger. "Sunday was a game we could have come out of with a point but it [our inconsistent form] is down as well to a lack of confidence.

"We will come back because you could see again that there is a strong spirit in the team. But we have to become a bit more realistic and do our job better in certain situations.

“I felt on Sunday that defensively we are becoming stronger. But we lost the ball from good positions in the final third so we could have done better with our passing.

"Tottenham's second goal made the difference. After that they could sit back and play on the counter-attack. That is why we are guilty because we did not do our job properly, we didn't defend properly on the winning goal."

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