Carl Jenkinson, who more than anyone else in the current squad knows what the North London derby means to the fans, admits that he’s been left ‘distraught’ by yesterday’s defeat at White Hart Lane.
The young right-back was an energetic presence from the off yesterday as the Gunners set the tempo in the first 35 minutes but was removed in the second half as Arsene Wenger rotated his side in search of an equaliser.
Lamenting the fact that his teammates couldn’t find a vital second goal, the England international told Arsenal.com how the disappointment cut to his core.
“I’m distraught, to be honest. I don’t feel like we deserved to lose. We had chances and have the team and the ability to come here and win. It just didn’t happen.
“I think we had a good share of the game. There were times where we really had them on the back foot and they didn’t look threatening at all. I think we used the flanks well. We were getting wide and getting crosses in. It just wasn’t meant to be.
“I know the importance [of the derby]. In the history, we’ve always tended to come out on top and today it wasn’t our day. We beat them at home and they beat us at their place. But it’s really disappointing that we haven’t at least picked up a point.”
While the Gunners now sit seven points behind Spurs and five adrift of fourth placed Chelsea, Jenkinson made clear that with 30 points up for grabs there is still time to close the gap on their rivals.
“There are 10 games left and there are plenty of points to play for. I think in a couple of days time, we’ll get our head around this and realise that we’ve bridged a gap like that before and can do it again.
“We will be positive and we will come back from this. Tottenham are our rivals but we’ll get over it, we’ll be positive. We’ve just got to work our socks off because we need to be in that top four at the bare minimum.”