Mikel Arteta has acknowledged that Arsenal didn’t manage the game as well as possible after Erik Lamela was rightly sent off in the 2-1 win over Sp*rs at the Emirates today.
During that period, Harry Kane had a goal disallowed, and hit the post, but also escaped without censure for a disgusting foul on Gabriel.
Not even a card 😑
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It made the final stages of the win nerve-wracking for Arsenal fans, and it’s something the boss spoke about afterwards.
“We managed those 10 minutes really, really badly,” he said.
“We put ourselves in trouble and we gave them hope. After that [red card], you should have 200 passes in the opponent’s half, give the ball and attack in the right moment.
“It’s a big lesson. It’s great to get those lessons when you are winning.
“That’s the biggest lesson.”
However, while it’s good we can see that as a problem and something we have to do better next time, we still won and Sp*rs are miserable, Jose Mourinho is sad, Kane lost, Lamela got sent off and it was a great win.
Arteta was keen to talk up the mentality of his players at the end of what has been an excellent week, following on from the 3-1 win over Olympiacos on Thursday.
“We started the game really strongly,” he said.
“We were really dominant, played in the opposition’s half, regaining the ball really quickly, creating chances.
“Lamela scores an
incredible lucky goal, really an incredible, unique, talented flukey-bastard piece. After that, we had to react.
“Obviously mentally it’s not easy. When you played two games ago, it’s not easy but I loved the way the team reacted, with the courage they continued to play with, the belief that I was sensing from the touchline.”
In conclusion: everyone involved with Sp*rs can stuff it up their bums.