Arsene Wenger says Arsenal can still secure a top four spot in the Premier League despite their defeat to Tottenham.
The Gunners are seven points adrift of third-placed Spurs following Sunday's 2-1 reverse at White Hart Lane and five points behind Chelsea, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.
But, while Wenger accepts it will be difficult to make up the lost ground, the Frenchman remains convinced his side can seal a place in Europe's elite competition for the 16th successive season.
"It will be a massive challenge, I said before the game that we could not afford to drop points," Wenger said. "However, I still think it is possible and we will fight for it, that is for sure."
Arsenal enjoyed much possession against Spurs but were undone by first-half goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, with Per Mertesacker's second-half header proving a mere consolation.
"It is frustrating because we put so much effort in and lost the game when we were on top, we were 2-0 down when we should have been 2-0 up," said Wenger.
"After, it gave them confidence to defend well, which is what they did for the rest of the game. It is difficult to understand how you lose a game like that.
"We had a great attitude and came out with no points because we were not efficient where it matters, at the front and in the back.
"Also, without being at any moment dominated, the only times Tottenham were dangerous was on counter-attacks. If you are dominated and they create chance after chance, okay you accept it, but this was a strange game to lose."