Mikel Arteta stayed in Arsenal de la rue's 2-1 defeat towards Tottenham, claiming "the sport was ours", whereas José Mourinho has his sights set on the Europa League.
Arsenal have been undefeated in 5 video games earlier than the North London derby on Sunday and dominated possession, seeing 62.9 p.c of the ball, and taking the lead with a thunderous shot from Alexandre Lacazette within the 16th minute.
However Tottenham took benefit of Arsenal's sloppy protection a couple of minutes later when Heung-Min Son arrived house earlier than a last header from Toby Alderweireld gave the hosts all three factors.
It was a loss that affected the Gunners, letting one other lead slip after drawing 1-1 towards Leicester midweek, and Arteta believes it was the little issues that value them at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
"We’re actually unhappy, we needed to offer our followers a second of glory and happiness," mentioned the Arsenal supervisor. Sky Sports activities.
"We did our greatest, I'm actually happy with my gamers. I've by no means seen us play like this earlier than, dominating an opponent as a lot as we did as we speak. However we gave them a aim once more, conceded in a set-piece and at that stage you’ll be able to't do this.
"The sport was ours, we had complete management. They didn't generate something, each time we pressed, they couldn't get out ball after ball. It's troublesome to assault a low block like this, however we created sufficient alternatives. However the small particulars value us and that's an important half that now we have to deal with as a workforce.
"We are going to proceed to attempt to enhance and practice the gamers to attain that. [the mistakes] out of your head. It occurred as we speak, and when it occurs in huge video games, the margin is just not large enough to win video games.
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"We play the best way we need to, the best way we need to get to any terrain and put the efficiency we do to dominate the opponent. We are going to transfer ahead and proceed that approach."
"It's an enormous blow, the gamers are gutted. You noticed the trouble they put in. We got here right here to win, that's the sport plan we had. To lose it, it’ll take a number of days to swallow it as a result of we all know how a lot it means to our followers."
Mourinho: We are going to struggle for the Europa League
It was Jose Mourinho's first victory within the North London derby and, after failing to register a goal shot towards Bournemouth throughout the week, they’d 9 towards Arsenal, however the Portuguese admitted that the match was a decent match.
"I believe the sport was shut … and it was extra tactical than others assume," Spurs boss Mourinho mentioned. Sky Sports activities.
Mikel [has] We discovered a option to play, to be secure and to enhance, they’re enhancing, and we really feel that we must always adapt a little bit to them and I believe we did very nicely.
"And the primary interval of the second half, once they had extra ball and extra in our half, we have been fairly comfy in that state of affairs and the 2 midfielders did an amazing job. Then we discovered our probabilities, there was an amazing spirit and it was extremely popular and no one Not even I considered it, however Arsenal had 48 hours greater than us to relaxation.
"So it was troublesome, nevertheless it comes from their hearts, this effort and battle and even within the final minutes of the sport, there have been no issues, all the pieces was below management."
"There was a little bit extra sharpness and sharpness and within the transitions we had, I believe we may rating a pair extra objectives, however, to be sincere, I believe it will be unfair, a distinction higher than a aim, as a result of the sport was very laborious .
"We’re blissful as a result of we made the followers blissful, as a result of we’re nonetheless combating for a place within the Europa League. I do know that Chelsea and Liverpool didn’t assist us in any respect, however that is about us, we should make the factors and we misplaced some factors vital. However now, there are 9 to struggle for. "
The victory strikes Tottenham over Arsenal to eighth place, placing them within the struggle for a Europa League last, and it's one thing Mourinho, who gained the competitors with Manchester United in 2017, has in thoughts.
"I’ve modified golf equipment a number of instances in my profession and will by no means say that I used to be born a fan of Manchester United or Tottenham or Chelsea. I used to be not, I used to be born a fan of Setubal," mentioned Mourinho.
"However in all of the golf equipment I transfer to, I put on the shirt, I really feel the spirit and I really feel what’s vital to the followers. I understand how vital this victory is to Tottenham followers, particularly since this season is just not a season with many events to take pleasure in it.
"I’m very blissful about that, however I’ve to have a little bit extra ambition than successful a North London derby. We need to play within the Europa League and we’re going to struggle till the final minute of the match towards Crystal Palace to attain that."
Redknapp: Spurs appeared extra of a menace
Sky Sports activities Knowledgeable Jamie Redknapp noticed an enchancment at Tottenham from his goalless draw with Bournemouth.
He mentioned Sky Sports activities: "Was [a better performance] till a sure level. It was a efficiency by a workforce combating for a little bit of confidence, Arsenal had the ball for lengthy durations and the Spurs needed to play on the counterattack, however at the very least they appeared harmful. They appeared a bit extra of a menace of assault.
"The final three at Arsenal will at all times provide you with an opportunity. It’s a reality. They’re defending higher however they can not assist it, it’s of their DNA proper now."
"However for the Spurs, it was all about getting three factors. There have been a number of moments that went their approach, however they appeared harmful sufficient and also you thought one thing may go proper and it's a superb headline for Alderweireld. That's what leaders do and also you want folks need you to face up when you have got a troublesome interval.
"José's grasp class! That's what they name it, isn't it ?!"
Former Arsenal and Tottenham defender Sol Campbell joined Redknapp within the Sky Sports activities Studio and believes that victory can provide the Spurs the platform to finish the season with pressure.
He added: "Did Jose want that? Nice second. It's an amazing confidence increase. Earlier video games weren't good; no shot at goal towards Bournemouth doesn't go too nicely, however he redeemed himself with that. They didn't. They’ve a number of possession however They bought the win. Tottenham can kick now. "
The Spurs journey to Newcastle on Wednesday at 6 p.m., obtain Leicester on Tremendous Sunday at four p.m. earlier than wrapping up his Premier League marketing campaign at Crystal Palace at four p.m. July 26.
Arsenal champion Liverpool on Wednesday at eight.15 p.m. Sky Sports activities, face Manchester Metropolis within the FA Cup semifinals on Saturday at 7.45 p.m., journey to Aston Villa on July 21 at eight.15 p.m. and completes his Premier League season at house at Watford at four p.m. July 26.
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