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The Spaniard was seen pushing the Ghana international back onto the field despite taking a hit
Mikel Arteta has defended his decision to push the injured Thomas Partey back onto the field during Arsenal’s defeat in the North London derby to Tottenham, explaining that he did so in an attempt to avoid Harry Kane’s goal at half-time. break.
Goals from Son Heung-min and the England captain made the difference at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as José Mourinho edged the Gunners for loot and home bragging rights in their Premier League clash.
Both strikes stemmed from impressive breaks and deliveries by the Spurs pair, with the Korea international curling into absolute beauty and the Three Lions captain hitting home a close-range effort.
During preparation for the final final, Ghana International Partey limped to the touchline, receiving a blow that would eventually force his replacement.
When Tottenham got ahead, Arteta pushed the former Atlético de Madrid player back onto the pitch in a futile attempt to cut off the attack.
Speaking after the game, Arteta was quick to defend his actions, indicating that he tried to pressure Partey to prevent the Spurs from scoring, while emphasizing that his team enjoyed a statistical superiority that they failed to convert.
“He has to stay in the field,” he said. BBC Sport. “I applaud their first goal, it is world class, but the second goal is one less man, we left a huge gap and they take advantage of it.
“After that we dominated, they had no chances, but they won the game. I don’t know what else we can do. If we can’t score goals we can’t improve our situation.”
Arteta elaborated on the Partey incident in his post-game press conference, saying: “I was trying to pressure him. I don’t think he realized the seriousness of the situation when he left his post. But it was probably because he was in a lot of pain.There is nothing we can do right now to solve that.
“I think it was a four-on-three situation for us and all of a sudden they come towards us and Thomas was walking towards me. I tried to push him. I haven’t talked to him. I don’t know exactly how it happened, but he felt something really serious.”
Doubling his team’s technical dominance (Arsenal enjoyed 70 per cent of possession at all times and almost twice as many shots as Spurs), the former Manchester City assistant expressed his pride in his team’s overall performance.
“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,” added Arteta. Sky sports. “I think we had 44 crosses.
“The fight and the spirit and the way they played at this stage is to applaud but it is not enough to win football games because we are not scoring goals.”