Arsene Wenger has dismissed suggestions Arsenal don’t work hard enough on their defensive solidity.
The Gunners were undone at White Hart Lane by two first half goals in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham as Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon easily got behind the Gunners’ rearguard.
But the Frenchman insists those frailties are not caused by a lack of preparation.
He said: “I would like to remind you that we had the best defensive record in the league away from home until today [at Spurs].
“It’s not down to the work we do on the training ground at all.”
Sunday’s defeat leaves Arsenal seven points behind Spurs, but Wenger insists his side can close that gap.
“It’s not too much to make up,” he added. “We will keep fighting and we have a chance to come back still.
“We were on top for large parts of the game [against Spurs]. But we were not decisive and efficient in zones where it mattered, and we weren’t cautious enough on both of Spurs’ goals.”