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Mikel Arteta insisted that he saw enough passion in his Arsenal team that the outcome of the North London derby would have been different.
Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham after goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane.
Arteta’s team tested a way back to the game in the second half, but despite dominating possession, they couldn’t make any of their chances count.
Tottenham, on the other hand, had already shown how clinical they were. And although Arteta was happy with Arsenal’s performance, he knew what made the difference between the two sides.
“This is football,” he said. Sky sports. “They scored a wonderful goal and we did the second at half-time because Thomas Partey was not in position, he was injured.
“I saw a team full of passion, dominating the team and creating opportunities but in the end it is about the final product and that is why they are at the top of the table. I think we had 44 crosses. “
The result means that Arsenal remain in the bottom half of the table, well below 15th place. They have not won in the Premier League since 1 November.
Against Tottenham, Arteta was happy with the attitude of his team but knows that they are not doing enough to win games at the moment.
“The fight and the spirit and the way they played at this stage is applause but it is not enough to win football games because we are not scoring goals.”
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As Arteta referenced, Tottenham’s second goal was easier because Partey was not on the field.
The midfielder was returning from injury, but appeared to suffer another setback during preparation for goal. It forced him to leave the field when Tottenham was on the counterattack.
Arteta tried to get him back on the pitch, but it was too late.
“I wanted him to be on the field doing everything possible for the team in that situation. Anyway, he couldn’t continue playing, ”Arteta explained, before reflecting on the first goal, a thunderous blow from Son Heung-min.
“Maybe we were too cautious with Son, but it was a wonderful goal. It’s what they do really well, they did it once because in the second we were one less man ”.
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