Reactions As Arsenal Top 4 Hopes Take A Huge Blow Following Defeat To Tottenham In Hot London Derby (Watch Highlights).

Arsenal suffered a disastrous 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in fierce North London Derby on Thursday Night.

Tottenham playing in front of their fans, entered the game hoping to bounce back after a 1-1 draw away against Liverpool at Anfield, while Arsenal were looking to continue from where they stopped last Sunday after securing a 2-1 win against Leeds.

With a place for Champions League football next season at stake, Arsenal side started the match on the front foot, flattering to deceive for the first five minutes of the match, but unfortunately things didn't last like that for long.

Spurs was awarded a penalty when they initiated their first attack, with full back Cedric Soares scrambling to get back at Son before sending him flying with his legs. Kane converted the penalty in the 22nd minute by sending Arsenal's goalkeeper the wrong way. 

Things began to get worse from this point onwards. Holding received his fair share of the disciplinary cake as he was shown a yellow card for trying to kick through the forward and got a red card moments later for using his elbow to block the run of Tottenham's forward Son. 

Moments later Tottenham's one goal lead was doubled when the corner was headed out to the back post where Kane was running into space to place it to the goal post, putting the match out of reach for the Gunners before half time.

While there may have been a little hope that our Mikel Arteta could have got his boys firing with some magical teamtalk at the break, those hopes were darkened as Heung-Min Son put Tottenham 3 goals up with the first attack of the new half.

The goal for Son make him just one goal behind Mohamed Salah (22) in the race for the golden boot this season.

There is no time to dwell on what went wrong here however with Newcastle the next opponents of Arsenal on Monday, today’s performance will need to be quickly deleted from Artera's memories if they are to get back on the right track.

Antonio Conte speaking after his side victory said; “The atmosphere was amazing, and we have to say thanks to our fans. They were incredible from the start to the end, they pushed us a lot. 

"We won an important derby, and are now very close to them in the table. There are two games to go and we need to recover very well, we have to play on Sunday at 12 o’clock. Our players can celebrate the right way but must think about Sunday. 

"Our fans will play an important role. We are very close to reaching an important target, but in England there is no easy game.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, who was clearly a very unhappy man after his team disappointing defeat to top four rivals said to Sky. “If I say what I think, I will suspended for six months. So I cannot say. I am allowed to give my interpretation, but I don’t know how to lie and I don’t like lying, so I prefer not to say what I think. 

"I am not unhappy with my players. I am so proud of my players. You can ask the referee to come in front of the camera and explain his decisions... added the Spaniard.

"A beautiful game was destroyed today. To risk Ben White didn’t make any sense. The focus is on Newcastle, this game is history. Hopefully Ben will be fit and hopefully we can recover Gabriel because otherwise we do not have enough players in the back line. 

"This game went out of our hands and now we have to accept it. You lose a football match in the conditions we lost them, it is painful, but that pain cannot be sustained because we have a huge match on Monday. We have two games to play and it is in our hands, we have to do our job. We have to show what we showed from the beginning in this stadium.”

Arsenal next two games will away to Newcastle United, Everton who are fighting to avoid relegation, while Spurs plays Burnley at home, and already relegated Norwich City side away.

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