Arsenal lost the North London derby against Tottenham. It was the first time Arteta and Mourinho were locking horns.
Despite a good start from Arsenal, the match was in favor of Tottenham. Arteta did very well display a change in tactical play. But his players were not able to deliver him with a win. Tottenham on the other hand was more composed and defensive.
Arsenal did find the back of the net from an absolute stunner from Lacazette. But Son Heung-min found an equalizer from a defensive error. Though David Luiz tried to catch up with Son, he was just not able to clock the ball from the net.
There were a lot of attacks from the Gunners, which was a great sight for the fans. But Tottenham secured the second goal from a beautiful header from Toby Alderweireld. Arteta can be happy for the fact that despite the loss, Arsenal had most of the possession and attacking play. It was a comparatively good performance from the Gunners in a while.
Arteta did apologize to the fans for not securing a win, via SkySports. But was glad for the performance his squad showcased. The loss is hampering their Europa League chances. Arsenal is having a really bad time this season. But the Spanish coach will look to come back stronger next time around.
Arsenal stars were not able to work the complete strategy
Arteta did try a new formation against Tottenham. Though the change was tactically successful. The Gunners were not able to implement it well. Arteta was hoping to work play along with the wings and tire the opposition. But on the contrary, Tottenham held their defensive outfit and utilized the opportunities.
The possession tally itself shows Arsenal’s triumph in ball-winning. The Gunners had 63% of the possession and more ball-winning. But Tottenham was able to direct more shots towards the post with just 36% possession. Hence the PL spectators nicked that Arsenal was Mourinho-ed.
Arsenal did work some chances but was not able to direct it towards Lloris. These were some efforts from Aubameyang as well, one found the top bar. Another first-time shot was denied by Lloris with an elastic stretch.
Spurs also certain key attacks but was denied by Martinez. An early attack where Harry Kane tried to chip the ball past Martinez was beautifully read by the keeper.
Mourinho did appreciate Arsenal’s game
Though Mourinho can be the worst critic at times. The Portuguese did appreciate the change in the play of Arsenal. Jose did acknowledge the efforts of Arteta to secure a win. There were multiple instances where the Gunners made a play in the final third. But were just not able to find the back of the net.
But there were certain flaws as well. Arsenal was mainly focusing the play on their half. The midfield was making passes to the back majority of the game. One such backpass was the root of Son’s goal as well. This is something Arteta will have to rectify in the coming games.
If Arteta is able to make some key changes in his squad. Arsenal may get better gameplay in the coming season. The Spaniard is working a good job to hold their Europa dreams alive. But the player’s lack of connection lead to the opposition giving them a hard time. Some fresh signings this summer may solve some of the issues for the Gunners.