Arteta praised his players’ reaction after David Raya’s foul

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Mo Chaib

David Raya standing on the pitch after the game
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The Gunners secured a hard-fought 3/2 win over Tottenham to remain in contention for the Premier League title. In the first half, Arsenal took a 3/0 lead through Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (own goal), Bukayo Saka and Kai Havertz.

In the second half, David Raya misplaced a pass and Cristian Romero capitalised on it to score the first goal for Tottenham. Arsenal then faced a lot of pressure from the Spurs, who managed to score the second goal from a penalty taken by Son Heun-min.

Arteta praised his players as well as David Raya, who made a number of saves from crosses after his error in the first goal for Tottenham.

“Credit to the opponent it is a beautiful stadium with a great atmosphere and we know how much it means to north London. We gave it away and made a huge mistake, but the reaction from my players [was good],” Arteta told BBC’s Match of the Day.

“David Raya stood up and took six-to-seven crosses and that is what we want and if you are going to take risks you have that reaction – I am really proud of them [players].”

On the risk of playing out from the back against a high-pressing team, he added: “It is worth it depending on the game context. That error is not bad luck it is execution and the moment before that the picture was not what we wanted it.

“It is a team that has the ability to hurt you, they take a lot of risks in the possession – they are difficult to play against. They have quality and in the game context it allows us to sit deeper which we didn’t plan to do a lot.

“It was really difficult one and to do it two years in a row [win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium] is even more difficult.”

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