Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has said he is proud of his team despite conceding for the first time in four games and losing 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League clash on Sunday.
- Son Heung-Min is the first Spurs player to score and assist in a Premier League game against Arsenal since February 2012, when Emmanuel Adebayor did so. Crucial
- Arsenal have dropped 21 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season; only West Ham (24) have lost more
- Alexandre Lacazette is the first Arsenal player to score home and away against Spurs in a single league season since Per Mertesacker in 2012-13. Venom.
- Tottenham are unbeaten in their last five home league games against Arsenal (W3 D2), with this the first ever meeting between the sides at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Stakes
Spurs coach, Jose Mourinho has now won the first North London derby as coach of Arsenal’s city rival.
Arsenal on the back of the four straight clean sheets came into the North London Derby with momentum and confidence, but a defensive lapses were the team’s undoing against their opponent.
Alexandre Lacazette had put the Gunners ahead inside 16 minutes with a lovely volley that beat Hugo Lloris. But Sours restored parity within three minutes due to a wrong pass from Sead Klasinac that left David Luiz helpless against Heung Son Min, who chipped the ball past hapless Emiliano Martinez.
Tottenham secured the winning goal nine minutes to the end of the affair through Toby Aldeirweird ‘s header from Son’s corner.
Arteta speaks of Arsenal’s loss
Speaking with Arsenal TV, Arteta said the team gave Spurs the game through an individual error and the set-piece.
“But I’m extremely proud of the way the team played. This is who we are, it doesn’t matter in which ground we will come here and do what we’ve done today, nullify the opponent and force them to kick the ball long and give it back to us.
“We have to improve in these areas because to compete at that level, you know the game is always open and when you [don’t] close it, you always have the uncertainty of what’s going to happen. It’s part of the process that we have and we will learn.”
While admitting that defending set-pieces are one of the team’s defensive concerns, the former Arsenal captain said is part of the process the club is working to correct.
“We will improve there and we know how important they are in big matches. We talked about it before the game today that set-pieces in this game are crucial, and today it cost us the three points.”
On the club’s quest for European qualification, the manager said he is going to keep going until the team has a little bit of hope and it became mathematically impossible.
Tottenham Hotspurs Vs. Arsenal highlight
Mikel Arteta post-match press video: Arsenal v Tottenham (Jose Mourinho)
Arsenal stats this season
Out of 35 games, Arsenal was only able to win 12 which is below average. With 14 draws and nine losses, Arsenal finds themselves in 10th which is already out of European places if they fail to get results in the remaining three games.
- Record: 12-14-9, 50 points (1.37 per game), 10th in Premier League (1st Tier)
- Home Record: 30 points (8-6-3) Away Record: 20 points (4-8-5)
- Goals: 51 (1.47 per game), Goals Against 44 (1.24 per game), Diff: 7.
Tottenham Hotspurs stats this season
Spurs, who had to sack Mauricio Pochentino, who took the club to its first Champions League final has not had a fantastic season as well, with 14 games won out of 35.
The North London club also recorded 10 draws and 11 losses, gathering 52 points with +9 goals difference.
Record: 14-10-11, 52 points (1.44 per game), 8th in Premier League (1st Tier)
Home Record: 36 points (11-3-4) Away Record: 16 points (3-7-7)
Goals: 54 (1.53 per game), Goals Against: 45 (1.29 per game), Diff: 9.
xG: 42.8, xGA: 48.5, Diff: -5.7.