Petr Cech admits he has given up any last hopes of overtaking Tottenham in the Premier League table.
Arsenal's title bid ended with a whimper and a 0-0 draw with Sunderland, as Leicester's 4-0 victory over Swansea finally confirmed what we already knew - it is now mathematically impossible for Arsene Wenger's side to win the league.
From their last four games, they have amassed just six points, drawing with West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Sunderland.
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Spurs, on the other hand, are in enviable form, and still have a game in hand against West Brom on Monday night.
Tottenham have looked on course to finish above their rivals for the first time in Wenger's reign, but Cech has now effectively conceded defeat in the battle for north London bragging rights.
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The goalkeeper told the London Evening Standard: "I don't think it will be enough to finish in the top two now as the other teams have taken advantage of our two points dropped."
More dropped points
They are now turning their attention to maintaining their place in the top four. A third-placed finish is still possible because they still have Manchester City to play, but they will need to drastically improve their current form if they are to achieve that.
“We don’t seem to [be able to] kill the game off in the last two weeks and we dropped twice points and now the fight is to get the best position for the Champions League,” he added.
Cech's error against Palace allowed Yannick Bolasie's shot to slip through him for the equaliser, but the Sunderland game was even more frustrating for Gunners fans, as Arsenal had 70% of possession, but could not convert it into anything tangible against the relegation candidates.
Olivier Giroud has now failed to find the back of the net for 14 games, a stark contrast to Tottenham's Harry Kane, who leads the race for the Golden Boot with 24 goals.
Arsenal fans furious
It is stats like that which are keeping Tottenham ahead of them. While Spurs fans are overjoyed at the prospect of finally ending 'St Totteringham's Day' - Arsenal's annual celebration of finishing above them - some Gunners fans are now hoping the shift of power will prompt change at the club.
Taking to Twitter to vent their frustration, furious Arsenal fans appeared to wish they would finish outside the top four to aid Wenger's removal:
Cech's admission will be a refreshing dose of honesty for these fans. It is difficult to see where Spurs would drop the necessary points for Arsenal to overtake them, with a run-in of West Brom, Chelsea, Southampton, and Newcastle.
Arsenal should instead be focusing on rebuilding for next season - and ensuring Champions League football is a big part of that.
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