Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has spoken out following his side’s 3-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday. The Gunners went into the game hoping to keep their place at the top of the Premier League table. And they did just that, with Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka on target as they put their fierce rivals to the sword.
Arsenal went ahead against Tottenham through Partey, with the Ghana international curling a thunderbolt past Hugo Lloris and into the corner.
Spurs were able to peg the Gunners back after a penalty from Harry Kane, which came following a foul from Gabriel in the box.
Arsenal restored their lead shortly after the interval, with Jesus capitalising on a mistake from Hugo Lloris to send the home crowd wild.
Tottenham star Emerson Royal received a straight red card shortly afterwards, much to the frustration of Antonio Conte.
And Arsenal were able to make the result safe through Xhaka, with the Switzerland international converting after some good work from Gabriel Martinelli.
Arteta has now spoken to BT Sport after the game.
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And he lauded Jesus by saying: “It’s his winning mentality, the way he trains every day it brings confidence to the team and he has taken us to a different level.”
On the result, he said: “They were phenomenal. We went from it and we created great energy in the stadium and deserved to win the game.
“With our way of playing we can attack in different ways.
“They [Tottenham] don’t need much and you have the feeling that they can create. You have to live with that.
“But we didn’t have that in the back of our mind, we were free, courageous and brave and this is what we demand from the players.
“It gives us a lot of encouragement and confidence to believe that we can play at this level.”
Jesus also spoke out after the game, with the Brazil international delighted at making his mark in a north London derby at the first time of asking.
“To be honest it’s the second time I scored in a derby,” he said.
“The first was for Brazil against Argentina. I’m very happy, I want to score in every game and the way team played from the first minute showed how we wanted to play.
“We deserved to win, I don’t know how many chances we created.
“I am feeling at home because of the guys, the staff, the club and it’s helped a lot. I’m really happy here and we are in a good way.”
And Xhaka also hailed the result, insisting his team-mates did well amid the heat of the battle despite a lack of training.
“We didn’t have a lot of weeks to prepare because of the international break, but we saw yesterday in training that we were ready,” he said.
“From the first second I think we were the better team.
“After we conceded we were struggling a little bit, but in the second half we were much better and I am so happy to score and help the team to win.
“My first derby goal in England. I’m more than happy to help the team.
“The team is the most important thing.”
Tottenham boss Conte, meanwhile, admitted he was disappointed with the result.
“I think the first half was in the balance,” he stated.“We had many chances to score. We made a big mistake with the last pass because we had great space. In the second half we conceded a second goal early and we could do much better.
“With the the red card, [went] the game. It was a really difficult game after that. We had to change totally then. It was the referee’s decision and I don’t want to comment.
“We had the opportunity to exploit much better and stay up and I repeat that I think we made big mistakes in the last pass and with easy passes but it happens and straight after the national team it is a bit difficult because players arrive at a different time.
“Now we have to move on but we know our role in this league and we have to try and do our best to stay close to the other teams at the top.
“I tried to give minutes to players because the game had ended and also to try and save energy.
“I wanted to give players time especially [Oliver] Skipp and [Matt] Doherty because we need the whole squad because we have many games in front of us in a short period.”