"We must forget the title race and try to finish as high as we can," he said.
"It shows that we're not mature enough, because you can't afford to lose these games if you want to win the league."
"We have made progress this season but had too many players missing tonight," said Wenger, making excuses for the defeat. But the manner of the loss will leave him thinking on certain players' futures long and hard through the summer.
"You need a miracle to make it happen like that. Tonight our weaknesses were exposed."
"We'll continue to fight but even a point wasn't enough from tonight - we needed three points."
"Van Persie hasn't kicked a ball for five months. You could see straight away he gave us something different and something special," said Wenge, but questions will now rise as to why he did not start his star striker.
"Tottenham defended very well and we were not good enough with our final ball in the final third.
"That was the story of the game until Van Persie came on and transformed our game in the final third.
"When you look at the way we conceded the second goal that is not good enough if you want to challenge for the title." Tottenham's second goal was scored by Gareth Bale after a defence splitting pass by Jermaine Defoe ripped the entire Gunners back line apart.