Jose Mourinho Says Mikel Arteta is Improving the Gunners, After Tottenham’s 2-1 victory
Mikel Arteta Lost the first north London derby at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium despite taking the lead
through Alex Lacazette’s stunning strike.
Spurs edged out their local rivals despite falling behind to an Alexandre Lacazette strike,
as Heung-min Son immediately equalized, and then Toby Alderweireld headed in a late winner.
Tottenham, despite being the home side, had just 37% possession but it mattered not as they picked up
three points and go ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League table into eighth.
Mourinho knew it was going to be a struggle against an Arsenal side that had picked up three wins and a draw in their previous four league games and feels the Gunners are heading in the right direction under Arteta.
Jose Mourinho Says Mikel Arteta Has Changed Things at Arsenal
‘I think the game was close,’ Mourinho told Sky Sports.
‘I think they hit the post, we had a fantastic shot from Ben [Davies] on the post, a couple of chances.
‘I think the game was more tactical, I think Mikel found a way to find them to play and be stable and improve.
They are improving.
‘We felt we should adapt slightly to them and we did it very well.’
The Spurs boss picked out the two Arsenal full-backs as players who were likely to offer a serious threat and was
delighted with how his side nullified them.
As he traveled in his side’s victory, he also noted that Arsenal played their previous game on Tuesday,
while Spurs played on Thursday night, which was another hurdle for them to overcome.