Arsenal lost yet another North London derby at the weekend as they were beaten 1-0 by Tottenham at Wembley Stadium, and Jack Wilshere has explained why he thinks the Gunners struggled in the game.

Tottenham were dominant throughout the game and in truth they would have won by more, if it wasn’t for the brilliance of Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech.

The result saw the Gunners slip to seven points behind 4th placed Tottenham – something which could be increased if Chelsea beat West Brom at Stamford Bridge this evening.

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Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele had a fine game in the middle for Tottenham and made it difficult for Wilshere to be his usual self and create in the middle, which he has done so well since returning to the first-team picture.

As quoted by Football London, Wilshere explained where he thought his side went wrong in the defeat.

We missed an opportunity in the first half to take the lead. The game was there in the first half, they were a bit cagey and we defended well.

We got down on the counter-attack a few times in the first half and we looked like we could have really hurt them, but then we had our final ball where we rushed it and the chance was gone.

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He continued and added.

[Tottenham] started sharper than us I suppose. It’s something we spoke about as well, so I don’t really know why that happened. But we have to deal with it now. We’ve lost the game and we have to move on and focus on the next game and try to win the next game.

[Bouncing back is] the most important thing. In the past, this team has always shown good character and we need to put a run together now and give ourselves a decent chance of challenging.