Jose Mourinho taught Mikel Arteta a lesson in north London derby, says Freddie Ljungberg

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Jose Mourinho got the better of Mikel Arteta on Sunday (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal hero Freddie Ljungberg has hailed Jose Mourinho for giving Mikel Arteta a tactical lesson in the north London derby on Sunday afternoon.

Tottenham beat the Gunners 2-0 in the Premier League at the weekend, returning to the top of the table while Arteta’s side are foundering in 15th.

Arsenal dominated possession and had more chances in the game, but it was still a reasonably comfortable victory for Spurs, with goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane handing them the three points.

Mourinho was happy to give up the ball and keep their opponents out having established the two-goal lead and Ljungberg feels Arteta must learn from another painful defeat.

‘I haven’t recovered yet,’ Ljungberg told Sky Sports. ‘It was tough but Mourinho gave us a lesson in how to play a tactical game.

‘It was interesting but it still hurts. I thought Spurs, I didn’t think they would be that far ahead or top of the league to be honest.

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Kane and Son continued their fine form (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

‘But you look at Mourinho, he’s got them inspired, his players are all doing what he wants them to do which I think is the hardest thing when you play the kind of football he does.

‘Hats off to him, they’re doing really, really well.’

Arteta was remarkably upbeat after a sixth defeat of the season, praising his side’s attitude in the contest, despite being outclassed.

‘I saw my team full of desire, passion, dominating completely the game, creating all the chances, creating all the situations,’ Arteta said.

‘At the end, it’s about end product. This is why they [Spurs] are first in the table.

‘They created two situations and scored two goals. I think we had 54 crosses, I don’t know how many shots, only two on target.

‘This game is about doing that. We have to carry on, keep fighting and be the team that we were today but improving, obviously, those details.’

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