Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger congratulates north London derby victors Tottenham

Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane condemned the Gunners to defeat in Sunday's north London derby while also securing Tottenham's first finish ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League since 1995.

However, speaking after the game, Pochettino shrugged off the significance of the achievement, insisting his side needed to focus on more than just beating their local rivals.

Come the end of the season there is a strong chance, as things stand right now, that Tottenham Hotspur are going to fall short in their bid to win the Premier League title.

Now, the once revolutionary Arsene Wenger and his extraordinary Arsenal career has become a veritable punchline as everyone but Stan Kroenke seem to hate him at this point. "We couldn't afford to lose the game today we didn't score today, we didn't score at Palace or West Brom, we have to play more and create more than we did today".

A deserved victory kept them four points behind leaders Chelsea, who won 3-0 at Everton earlier. "Friday, if we win our game, it will be down to one point and let's see what they've got then at the weekend".

"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".

"I'm very happy for the players and our fans".

While Arsenal are struggling, near neighbours Spurs continue to prosper under Mauricio Pochettino.

It began with Eriksen dancing his way through Arsenal's defence, and while Cech blocked the Dane's angled finish, Alli was on hand to slot home his 17th league goal of the season. We wanted to win more than them.

Asked if victory at West Ham would represent a psychological blow in the title race, Pochettino replied: "It will be".

"Sometimes, we win 4-0 and we play fantastically and then there are nights like last Wednesday at Crystal Palace when we have to dig deep and get a 1-0 win".

"We can't do anything else than keep winning our games and putting the pressure on them", Vertonghen told Sky Sports.

"It will be very hard now, but we have to fight", he added. The Spurs have clinched a spot in the Champions League, but there's still a scenario where they can finish fourth and settle for a spot in the play-off round. Often, in the final part of a season, that can go one way or the other without really reflecting the difference between the teams but ...

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