As it was, Wenger’s team were almost given an escape route in the closing stages when the substitute Alexandre Lacazette went through in the third minute of injury time and missed the target. Rattled for the first time, Mousa Dembele conceded a free-kick on the edge of the area and with practically the final kick of the game, Mesut Ozil, the best-paid player in the history of Arsenal, clipped his shot into the Spurs wall, which was no more than his side deserved.
Wenger railed against what he saw as the missed opportunities of the first half with the highly debatable claim that Arsenal should have had the game won by the break.
“We missed opportunities on the counter-attack that are not missable at our level with the final ball,” he said. “In the second half we should have lost the game by more than one goal. We were destabilised by their goal and they had two or three opportunities.”
The manner in which his team were dominated would have been of great concern, with scarcely any opportunity of note in the game for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and with Henrikh Mkhitaryan substituted and Lacazette’s confidence betraying him at that final moment. Spurs had squeezed Arsenal relentlessly throughout, and there was no one in the away side with the influence to match that of Christian Eriksen, Dembele of the incomparable Kane.
Their record now stands at seven points in total from their games against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal and this was as good as anything they produced at Wembley against United, dominating a second half during which they should have put Arsenal away.