Jose Mourinho: 'Congratulations to Mikel Arteta because he gave us a very difficult game'

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Jose Mourinho: 'Congratulations to Mikel Arteta because he gave us a very difficult game'

"It was a big game in every sense, not just because it was Tottenham-Arsenal," Jose Mourinho said after the game as quoted by Sky Sports. "I want to give words, congratulations to Mikel Arteta because he gave us a very difficult game. Tactically they were very good, very organised.

"They gave us problems, problems we were able to resolve. They have a good tactical courage and incredible spirit. They are a good team and he is a good coach.

"We were reading the game and making the changes to win it because 2-0 was in our hands against a great and difficult opponent but my boys did well today.

"I am very happy with the result and the performance but of course I want the team in the second half to play in a different way. In reality you don't always do what you want to do because your opponent forces you in a different direction.

"You are winning 2-0, why would you expose your defensive block if you don't have to? It was a very difficult game. I can imagine tomorrow the headlines will about them not being in a good position in the table but I believe with these players and Mikel it will be Arsenal vs Tottenham again."

Arsenal have suffered a sixth loss of the season in the Premier League after 11 games.

The Gunners are set to play against Dundalk on Thursday before taking on Burnley on Sunday.

AuthorEvgeniy KozhemiakoSourceSky Sports
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