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'He still has it at the top level'

Who was your man of the match at White Hart Lane?

For many fans it will be hard to look beyond Petr Cech, who produced some stunning stops to keep Tottenham at bay for much of Sunday’s north London derby.

Cech’s display was not lost on Arsene Wenger.

"He had an outstanding performance," the boss told Arsenal.com. "He was one of the players who turned up today and it shows that he still has it at the top level."

Ultimately, the final derby at the Lane will be remembered for two goals in just 146 seconds that swung the game firmly in Tottenham’s favour.

"It’s a big blow [to concede two goals so quickly] but I think on the first goal we were a bit naive and that was disappointing," said Wenger.

"I felt it was a tight game until they scored the first goal. After, we conceded the second one straightaway and then mentally we were under shock a little bit. From then on, it became difficult for us.

"Overall I think if you look at the chances created, Spurs deserved to win the game. We didn’t create enough, we didn’t take our chances. There was plenty of room in the first half to do more than what we did with the balls we had. That is the regret of the game today.

"I think the players really wanted it and gave everything until the end. But we lack something at the moment that is a mixture of confidence, creativity, quality to finish what we start. I think recently the team is still not completely back to the confidence level that is needed."

The silver lining to Sunday’s cloud was seeing our top-four rivals drop points, with both Manchester clubs held to draws.

"It makes our defeat mathematically less worse but it hurts to lose a game like that," said the boss.

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