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Mikel Arteta was unhappy with how Arsenal conceded in the North London derby, with goals from a defensive spread and a free kick

Mikel Arteta was unhappy with how Arsenal conceded in the North London derby, with goals from a defensive spread and a free kick

Mikel Arteta was left in a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal Street against Tottenham, saying “the game was ours”, while Jose Mourinho is targeting the Europa League.

Arsenal were undefeated in five games before the North London derby on Sunday and dominated possession – with 62.9% of the ball – and took the lead with a thunderous strike from Alexandre Lacazette in the 16th minute.

But Tottenham took advantage of a botched Arsenal defending a few minutes later as Heung-Min Son returned home before a header from Toby Alderweireld gave the hosts the three points.

It was a defeat that stung the Gunners, letting another lead slip after a 1-1 draw against Leicester midweek, and Arteta thinks it was the little things that cost them at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Tottenham’s victory over Arsenal in the Premier League

FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Tottenham’s victory over Arsenal in the Premier League

“We are really sad, we wanted to give our fans a moment of glory and happiness,” said the Arsenal manager. Sky Sports.

“We did our best, I am really proud of my players. I have never seen us play like this before, dominating an opponent as much as we did today. But we still gave them a goal, conceded on a set kick and at this level, you can’t do that.

Arsenal beat late after taking the lead in the first half

Arsenal beat late after taking the lead in the first half

“The game was ours, we had total control. They didn’t generate anything, every time we pressed, they couldn’t come out bullet after bullet. It’s hard to attack a low block like this, but we’ve created enough opportunities. But the little things cost us and that is the biggest part that we have to tackle as a team.

“We will continue to try to improve and train the players to [the mistakes] out of their head. It happened today and when it happens in big games, the margin is not big enough to win games.

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“We played the way we wanted to play, the way we want to get to any field and put the performance we put in, to dominate the opponent. We will move forward and continue this way.

“It’s a big blow, the players are emptied. You saw the effort they put in. We came here to win, that’s the game plan we had. To lose it, it will take a few days to swallow that one because we know how much it means for our fans. ”

Mourinho: We will fight for the Europa League

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Jose Mourinho says his team handled the match against Arsenal very well and was not troubled

Jose Mourinho says his team handled the match against Arsenal very well and was not troubled

It was a first victory in the North London derby for Jose Mourinho and, after failing to register a shot on target against Bournemouth during the week, they had nine against Arsenal, but the Portuguese admitted that the match was a close encounter.

“I think it was a close game … and more tactical than the others,” said Spurs boss Mourinho. Sky Sports.

« Mikel [has] found a way for them to play, be stable and improve – they improve – and we thought we should adapt slightly to them and I think we did it very well.

Toby Alderweireld celebrates after his winning goal

Toby Alderweireld celebrates after his winning goal

“And the first half of the second half when they had more balls and more in our half, we were quite comfortable in this situation and the two midfielders did a great job. Then we found our chances, there was a great spirit and it was really hot and nobody thought of it, even me, but Arsenal had 48 hours more than us to rest.

“So it was difficult, but it comes from their hearts, this effort and this battle and even in the last minutes of the match, there was no problem, everything was under control.

“There was a little more sharpness and aggressiveness and in the transitions we had, I think we could score a few more goals but, to be honest, I think it would be unfair, a bigger difference than ‘a goal, because the match was really difficult.

Heung-Min equalized for Tottenham shortly after the opening of the Arsenal match

Heung-Min equalized for Tottenham shortly after the opening of the Arsenal match

“We are happy because we have made the fans happy, because we are still in the fight for a position in the Europa League. I know Chelsea and Liverpool didn’t help us at all, but it’s about us, we need to score and we lost some important points. But now there are nine to fight for. ”

The victory places Tottenham over Arsenal in eighth place, which puts them in the running for a final in the Europa League, and it’s something that Mourinho – who won the competition with Manchester United in 2017 – has in view.

“I have changed clubs several times in my career and I could never say that I was born a fan of Manchester United or fan of Tottenham or fan of Chelsea. I was not, I was born a fan of Setubal, “said Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho won his first North London derby at the helm of Tottenham

Jose Mourinho won his first North London derby at the helm of Tottenham

“But in every club I move to, I wear the jersey, I feel the spirit and I feel what is important to the fans. I know how important this victory is to Tottenham fans, especially because this season is not a season with many opportunities to enjoy it.

“I’m very happy for that but I need to have a little more ambition than winning a North London derby. We want to play in the Europa League and we will fight until the last minute of the match against Crystal Palace. to achieve this. ”

Redknapp: Spurs looked more like a threat

Tottenham produced a much better display on Sunday

Tottenham produced a much better display on Sunday

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp saw an improvement at Tottenham from their goalless draw with Bournemouth.

He said Sky Sports: ” It was [a better performance] in a certain way. It was a performance of a team fighting for a little confidence, Arsenal had the ball for long periods and the Spurs had to play on the counter attack, but at least they looked dangerous. They just looked a little more like a threat of attack.

“The three back from Arsenal will always give you a chance. It’s a fact. They defend better but they can’t help it, it’s in their DNA right now. “

Arsenal defense will always give you a chance, says Jamie Redknapp

Arsenal defense will always give you a chance, says Jamie Redknapp

“But for the Spurs, it was about winning three points. There have been times that have happened but they seemed pretty dangerous and you thought something might happen to them and it is a brilliant Alderweireld head. That’s what leaders do, and you need people like him to get up when you’re having a hard time.

“Jose masterclass! That’s what they call it, isn’t it ?! ”

Former Arsenal and Tottenham defender Sol Campbell joins Redknapp Sky Sports studio and he believes victory can give Spurs the platform to end the season strong.

He added, “Did Jose need this? A lot of time. It’s a huge boost in confidence. Previous matches were not good; no shot on goal against Bournemouth does not go down too well but he bought himself with that. They did not do it. have a lot of possession but they got the win. Tottenham can start now. ”

And after?

The Spurs will head to Newcastle on Wednesday at 6 p.m., hosting Leicester on Sunday at 4 p.m. before concluding their Premier League campaign at the Crystal Palace at 4 p.m. on July 26.

Arsenal to host Liverpool champions Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. live on Sky Sports, take on Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinals on Saturday at 7:45 p.m., meet at Aston Villa on July 21 at 8:15 p.m. and end their Premier League season at home in Watford at 4 p.m. on July 26.

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