Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson is confident that the race for the top four isn't over despite the club falling further behind after their derby day defeat on Sunday.

The right-back had an impressive game against Tottenham, but two lapses in concentration from team-mates allowed Spurs take a 2-0 lead just before half-time thanks to goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon. A second half Per Mertesacker goal wasn't enough for Arsenal to rescue a point from the crucial game.

As a result of the loss, Arsenal are now seven points behind Tottenham and are five points behind Chelsea in the race for Champions League football and with just ten games left, chances to catch up are few and far between. 

After the game, Jenkinson admitted that Arsenal should have never lost the game and he thought they were the better side on the day.

"I'm distraught, to be honest," Jenkinson told Arsenal Player. "I don't feel like we deserved to lose. We had chances and have the team and the ability to come here and win. It just didn't happen.

"I think we had a good share of the game. There were times where we really had them on the back foot and they didn't look threatening at all. I think we used the flanks well. We were getting wide and getting crosses in. It just wasn't meant to be.

"I know the importance [of the derby]. In history, we've always tended to come out on top and today it wasn't our day. We beat them at home and they beat us at their place. But it's really disappointing that we haven't at least picked up a point."

Despite sitting in fifth behind both London rivals, Jenkinson believes the team can use last year's overhaul as an example. This time last season, Arsenal were ten points off Tottenham yet they still managed to overturn the deficit and finish third.

"There are 10 games left and there are plenty of points to play for," he said. "I think in a couple of days time, we'll get our head around this and realise that we've bridged a gap like that before and can do it again.

"We will be positive and we will come back from this. Tottenham are our rivals but we'll get over it, we'll be positive. We've just got to work our socks off because we need to be in that top four at the bare minimum."




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