"This was a game we couldn't afford to lose".
Arsenal are 27 points behind the League leaders Manchester City in early February itself.
"That makes it much more hard to get top four - but we have to fight as long as we have a mathematical chance".
Mathematically, they still are in the race, but mentally, is their mind ready for the race?
Any hopes Wenger had of making the top four are fading fast with 11 games remaining.
"I think they have done an incredible job, they are the team that you can praise the most in the Premier League, what (chairman) Daniel Levy has done, the way they have organised the club", said the Daily Telegraph's football writer.
A cagey opening 45 minutes saw usually gung-ho Arsenal adopt a more pragmatic approach.
"I congratulate our players, we've had three massive games and it was an incredible performance".
It was a day to forget for a lot of Arsenal players.
Fortunately for them, Spurs would need only one.
Wembley is supposed to be Arsenal's playground. It was unique: there was respect for projects, for people, respect for managers, and even when I arrived at Southampton five years ago, it was still there.
With Aaron Ramsey sidelined with a groin injury, Arsene Wenger was forced to make changes to the lineup and went with a midfield-heavy XI. Arsenal couldn't create the magic they normally do at Wembley.
As the second half kicked-off, the Hurricane was activated as the Golden Boot victor took the game by storm, firing in a header to give his side the lead, and missing two clear-cut chances to double it in the following few minutes.
During a first half lacking in opportunities, Kane came closest with a free header inside the area, nodding over Petr Cech's bar, before Spurs came out firing after the break. And then it was all the Tottneham show. "Three massive games, United, Liverpool and Arsenal, and the performance was incredible". The scoreline flatters Arsenal who were dire over the 90 minutes and the result sees them drift further away from the chasing pack.
Arsenal's only shy chance was a wide shot from Hector Bellerin ending the first 45 minutes goalless.
Tottenham are on their way to finish another season above Arsenal.
Tottenham look set to be top dogs in north London for quite a while.
Speaking in an interview with the club's website, Wenger said: "He looks to be a happy boy".