Wenger facing up to ‘difficult’ task

Wenger had challenged his side to win all of their remaining games

to overhaul Chelsea and Manchester United but defeat at White Hart

Lane leaves them six points behind the Blues. Wenger is not giving

up, but he accepts the Gunners’ chances are now slim. He said: “It

will be difficult, yes, now of course. “We’ll continue to fight but

it makes it very difficult. “As long as it’s not mathematically

impossible it is not impossible. “Our job is to fight and we will

do that. “But even if they drop points we are far (behind).” The

Gunners lost Thomas Vermaelen to a calf strain injury during the

game and Wenger estimates the defender will be out for three weeks.

Tottenham captain Ledley King, meanwhile, admitted the 2-1 win was

“massive” in his side’s bid to claim fourth spot. Danny Rose opened

the scoring with a stunning volley on his full league debut before

Gareth Bale doubled the lead just after half-time. Nicklas Bendtner

pulled one back late on but Spurs held on thanks to an inspired

performance by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. King told Sky Sports 1:

“It’s massive. Coming off a disappointing result in the (FA) Cup,

it was a good time to play Arsenal. “We had no time to dwell on

that. We knew we had this coming up. “I’ve seen the table and it’s

a big, big result for us. “It was important we bounced back: we

feel we can beat anyone at home.” Gomes said: “It’s a good

performance for me but it is not the most important. “When I can

make saves like I did today (in every match) then it is most

important. “We played very well. We have a chance (for fourth).”

Harry Redknapp echoed King’s sentiments after watching his side go

within one point of Manchester City in fourth on the back of

Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Portsmouth. He said: “It was a

great result for us on the back of a big down on Sunday. It knocked

us all for six. “To play like that after Sunday is fantastic. “The

crowd want to beat Arsenal more than anybody. They were right with

us tonight. “We hung in there late on and the keeper made some

fantastic saves. He was superb tonight. “Everybody worked hard and

it was a great result.” Redknapp, though, did not feel his side

faced undue pressure until late on. “They started well,” he added.

“They kept the ball but it was only late in the game the keeper

came to our rescue. They had a lot of the ball but they had few

clear-cut chances.”