Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane on Sunday means that the Gunners are 12 points behind pace-setters Manchester United and Manchester City, with Arsene Wenger having already conceded defeat as far as the Premier League title race is concerned.
Arsenal competed in the title race for much of last season, although the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri have hit them hard and this looks like a team that could finish mid-table this season with the north London side currently occupying 15th place.
Wenger was clearly frustrated after the derby and played down reports of a bust-up between himself and Tottenham coach Clive Allen.
“To say we will win the league is not realistic,” Wenger said. “We are 12 points behind Manchester United and City. That’s not realistic to say we will win the league. We have to set ourselves realistic targets.”
On the Clive Allen incident, Wenger didn’t feel as though there was anything to report.
“I shook the hand of the manager and the assistant,” Wenger said. “How many hands do I have to shake? Is it a prescription? If the story of the game is Clive Allen, you must ask him.”