Jose Mourinho says Arsenal have improved under Arteta despite London derby defeat

Jose Mourinho says Arsenal have improved under Arteta despite London derby defeat

- Jose Mourinho has hailed North London rivals Arsenal after their north London clash

- Spurs came from behind to beat their city rivals 2-1 at the end of the game

- The Portuguese born tactician says the Gunners have improved under their young manager Mikel Arteta

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Jose Mourinho has showered Mikel Arteta with praises despite Arsenal suffering a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham during the London derby played on Sunday, July 12.

Despite Arsenal dominating the match away from home, it was Spurs who had the last laugh as they claimed all the three points and bragging rights.

The Gunners' dominance saw them bag the opener through Alexander Lacazette in the 16th minute, only for the Frenchman's goal to be nullified by Son Heung-Min soon after.

Toby Alderweireld went on to score the match-winner late in the second half as he nodded home from Heung-Min's corner.

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Premier League: Mourinho says Arsenal have improved under Arteta despite London derby defeat
Mikel Arteta took over as Arsenal boss back in December 2019, succeeding Unai Emery who was sacked. Photo: Getty Images.
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The result sent Tottenham Hotspur above Arsenal who effectively dropped to ninth as their European football chances suffered a massive blow.

However, despite the outcome, Jose Mourinho believes the Emirates club is on an upward trajectory under the tutelage of Arteta.

"I think the game was more tactical, I think Mikel found a way to find them to play and be stable and improve. They are improving."

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Before the league meeting, Arsenal had picked three wins and a draw in four of their previous league matches.

Arteta took over as the club's manager back in December 2019 but appears to be struggling to steady the ship. earlier reported that Toby Alderweireld's late minute header was all Tottenham Hotspur needed to beat city rivals Arsenal on Sunday, July 12.

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Mikel Arteta's men took the lead in the 16th minute through a stunning long-range shot from Alexandre Lacazette.

The Frenchman combined well with Granit Xhaka at the edge of the 18yard box before launching a super shot that beat the reach of Hugo Lloris.

Jose Mourinho's men didn't waste time before restoring parity in the 19th minute as Heung-Min Son chipped stylishly over Emiliano Martinez and David Luiz.

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