London - Arsenal 'keeper Petr Cech made no attempt to hide
how "angry and disappointed" he felt after a 2-0 defeat by Tottenham
Hotspur on Sunday dealt a huge blow to the Gunners' bid to qualify for the
Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane saw Spurs, second in the
Premier League, move a huge 17 points clear of Arsenal and ensure they would
finish above their local rivals in the table for the first time since 1995.
Tottenham are still very much in the title race, with
Mauricio Pochettino's side just four points behind leaders Chelsea, with both
the top two having four league games left this season.
By contrast, Arsenal are sixth and six points adrift of
fourth-placed Manchester City, who occupy the last Champions League place on
offer to English clubs, although the Gunners do have a game in hand.
Arsenal next match is at home to Manchester United, who are
fifth and are five points ahead of Arsene Wenger's side, this weekend.
"I feel angry and disappointed because obviously this
is not a game we wanted to lose and this is a very big disappointment for
us," Cech told Arsenal's website.
"It hurts because it was a huge game for both teams.
They needed to win to keep their title chances alive. We needed to win to keep
our Champions League finishing position [hopes] alive.
"Obviously we are very disappointed because it's a
north London derby, it means a lot to the fans and it meant a lot to the club,
to us. We needed three points and in the end we have none."
As for finishing below Tottenham, Cech said that was the
least of Arsenal's concerns.
"Our target is to play for titles, so we are
disappointed with our season because we aren't playing for a (league)
title," he explained.
"We have five games to play and we are out of the title
race. It was not the objective (to finish below Tottenham), so we are
disappointed with that," the former Chelsea star added.
"But Tottenham finishing above us or doing better is
one thing, but I think the most important thing for the club, for the players,
for everybody is to reach your own targets, not to worry about what the others
Sunday's match was the last derby ever to be staged at White
Hart Lane after Tottenham confirmed earlier last week they would play all their
home games at Wembley next season while a new stadium, close to their home for
more than a hundred years, was being built.
"It was a very good game from everyone, from start to
finish," said Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen.
"It was the perfect day to put on a performance and I'm
very proud of it. We knew we had to focus. It was the last north London derby
at the Lane and that's so special for so many people.
"I know what it means. It was a very big day and we've one more to come. Let's hope we can make that one special too."