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ARSENE Wenger (left) on Wednesday night conceded the Premier League title after a devastating defeat at Tottenham.

Angry Wenger accused his players of lacking “maturity” after his first league defeat to Spurs in 11 years left the Gunners six points behind leaders Chelsea.

The Arsenal boss said: “There is too much to do to win the title. Even a point would not have been good enough tonight. We are six points behind. That makes it very, very difficult.
“I believe that Chelsea and Manchester United will drop points but even if they do we are still far behind now.

“We lost a game we couldn’t afford to lose in the title race and that shows we are not mature enough. If you want to win the title this is the kind of game you can’t lose.”

And in a thinly veiled attack on some of his players, Wenger admitted that 35-year-old veteran Sol Campbell’s performance could teach some of his flops a harsh lesson.

Wenger, who saw fit-again supersub Robin van Persie nearly salvage a point after his first appearance in five months, added: “Sol was one of our better players. He has shown the way to some players. What a winner he is.

“He showed what you need if you want to win titles. He deserves a lot of credit because he turned up with a real performance.

“Van Persie has not kicked a ball in five months for the team and you could see straight away that he gives us something different and special. Our bad luck is that in the final sprint we have many good players out and it is too much.

“But credit to Spurs. They were sharper than us, they won more 50-50 challenges and that was the difference.”

Wenger hailed Tottenham teenager Danny Rose’s stunning opener as “a goal in a million” and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp praised the way his team bounced back from FA Cup semi-final heartbreak to stay in the hunt for fourth place.

Redknapp said: “It was an amazing goal from Danny. I gave him his big chance and he responded well, but tweaked his ligament just before half time. It was a great volley. That was a wonder strike from him. He’ll never forget that, that’s for sure.

“It was a terrific game, a great result for us. I don’t think Arsenal could have any complaints. I thought the game was played in a good spirit. There was not a nasty tackle.

“We’re still in there for fourth. It’s going to be hard but we’ve won six out of our last seven league games so we’re in good form. We’ve got another very difficult game against Chelsea. But we beat them here last year so we can give them a real game.”  — Mirror (UK).

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