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Wenger feels heat as Arsenal stumble again

Published on Mar 4, 2013 9:02 AM
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London March 3, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal are in danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 16 years after the Gunners crashed to a 2-1 defeat at bitter rivals Tottenham.

Wenger's side are languishing seven points behind third placed Spurs and five adrift of fourth placed Chelsea as they paid the price for a mad two minutes at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

After making a confident start to a crucial north London derby, Arsenal went into meltdown towards the end of the first half, allowing Gareth Bale to continue his purple patch with a clinical finish before Aaron Lennon burst clear to bag Tottenham's second goal moments later.

Per Mertesacker reduced the deficit soon after the interval but Arsenal couldn't find the equaliser despite piling on the pressure in the closing stages. It was the latest setback in a traumatic season for Wenger, who conceded Arsenal have a serious fight on their hands to finish in the top four.

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