Jose Mourinho admitted that Tottenham made some changes to their game in order to beat North London rivals on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs came from behind to win 2-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Toby Alderweireld scoring the winner. You can read the full match report here.
It puts an end to a run of good results for the Gunners, who had won four and drawn one of their last five games.
Having noticed their hot streak, Mourinho says Spurs knew they needed to alter their style to give them a better chance of winning.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I think the game was more tactical than anything. To be honest, I think Mikel [Arteta] has found a way for them to play and to be stable and to improve. They are improving.
“We felt we should adapt slightly to them and I think we did it very well. [Kieran] Tierney and [Hector] Bellerin usually reach the last third and how well they were controlled today, I think we were very dominant at that level.
“Even in the first period of the second half where they had more of the ball and they were more in our half we were quite comfortable in that situation.
“Also, the two midfielders, I think they did a great job. Then we found our chances and showed great spirit.
“It was really, really hot. I think during the game nobody thought about it, even myself I didn’t, but Arsenal had 48 hours more than us to rest.
“So it was hard, but I think it came from their hearts, this effort, this battle. Even the last minutes of the game at 2-1, we had zero problems. Everything was under control.”
SPURS MOVE UP TO EIGHTH
Thanks to their win, Spurs have moved from 10th to eighth in the league table. They have also leapfrogged both Arsenal and Burnley.
Having dropped points to Bournemouth earlier in the week and then seen Sheffield United and Burnley pick up points on Saturday, Spurs‘ chances of European qualification seemed slim. But their win over the Gunners has changed all of that.
Mourinho joked that Chelsea and Liverpool had done them no favours, he was clearly glad to have moved closer to achieving their goal.
“We are happy because we made the fans happy. We are happy because we are still in the fight to win a Europa League position.
“I know that Chelsea and Liverpool didn’t help us at all, but this is about us.
“We must get the points, and we’ve lost some important points, but now there is nine to fight for.”