By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger thinks Arsenal would have missed out on the Premier League crown even if they had beaten Tottenham at White Hart Lane last season.
Goals from Danny Rose and Gareth Bale set up a 2-1 victory for Spurs on April 14, a result which left Arsenal six points behind Chelsea with just four games remaining.
By common consensus it was the night Arsenal's title challenge was effectively ended but Wenger is not so sure. As he prepared to take his team back to White Hart Lane for Tuesday's Carling Cup tie, the Frenchman admitted that even a win last April would not have been enough.
"No, it was too late," he told Arsenal TV Online. "We would still have had a mathematical chance but Chelsea didn’t drop any points, so it was too late.
"On the night we lost our chance but we would not have won the league. Let’s be realistic: although we would have been mathematically in the fight, we would not have won the league."
Tottenham's triumph was something of a collector's item - it ended a run of 20 games without a Premier League win over Arsenal. As far as Wenger is concerned, it was a game Arsenal should not have lost.
"I feel that we gave some cheap goals away but we battled hard to come back in the second half and the last 20 minutes especially, so overall it was disappointing to lose," he reflected. "However we would not have won the championship by beating Spurs that night."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 20 Sep 2010