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Arteta left out Aubameyang to ensure long-term joy but Jose rages at penalty


Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho



Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta said he axed captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for yesterday's north London derby victory over 10-man Tottenham to sustain Arsenal's long-term "foundation".

The Gunners skipper was dropped to the bench for a breach of the club's pre-match protocol as he watched his team-mates come from behind to win 2-1 at the Emirates.

Alexandre Lacazette replaced Aubameyang and scored the winner through a second-half penalty after Martin Odegaard had earlier cancelled out a sublime rabona finish from Spurs substitute Erik Lamela, who was later sent off for picking up two quick bookings.

Asked why it was important for him to set such standards by dropping his captain for a crunch game, Arteta replied: "Because for me they are the foundation and the platform that we can build something medium and long-term that is sustainable and that can bring us joy and happiness.

"Without that, I don't believe that it would happen. That's why I keep talking about it and acting about it.

"I made what I thought was the right decision and we draw a line there move on again.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho bemoaned the penalty decision that went against his team and claimed some of his players were "hiding" during the match.

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"We played really bad in the first half," he said.

"The 1-1 was not a fair reflection of the first half. We were poor. Defending bad. No intensity or pressing. Some important players hiding. Really bad. In the second half we only had space to improve."

"The second half was our half and when we made the changes we made them to win the game because we felt the game then was under control.

"Then the crucial action of the game arrives, I don't want to call it a penalty because that is an offence to penalties.

According to Kevin Friend (the fourth official) the referee told him he had a clear decision and the VAR does not want to go against.

"With 10 players we were a team, then we deserved something out of the game."

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