Mourinho: Arsenal players loving the beauty of the grass

Dec 03, 2017, 00:51
Mourinho: Arsenal players loving the beauty of the grass

Despite being 10-men down, Jose Mourinho's side managed to hold on, securing a 3-1 comfortable win against an in-form Arsenal side.

Laurent Koscielny's careless cross-field pass inadvertently set up Valencia's opener before Shkodran Mustafi's carelessness in possession led to Lingard scoring, the England global not even having to break stride to convert Anthony Martial's exquisite reverse pass in behind.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Jesse Lingard of Manchester United scores his sides second goal as Nacho Monreal of Arsenal attempts to tackle him during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on December 2, 2017 in London, England.

That said, Wenger was amazed they did not make more of the chances they created, especially once Paul Pogba was given a straight red card with 15 minutes remaining.

The visitors had Paul Pogba sent off for a unsafe challenge on Hector Bellerin in the second half, while Gunners centre-back Laurent Koscielny escaped with just a yellow card when he tripped Romelu Lukaku to break up a promising attack.

Mourinho added: "I loved the way my team played and fought". Arsenal played in some period awesome attacking football - creating difficulties for us.

"But I have to say that my players deserve all the great words - I don't know so many more in English".

"I don't know so many in English but incredible, phenomenal, fantastic". Amazing, phenomenal, fantastic. They deserved three points.

So here are five things we learned from a disappointing, if undeserved, loss.

"We scored two quick goals but at the end of the first half we lost control of the game".

The Spaniard was incredible throughout but the highlight was an astonishing double save to keep United's lead intact at 2-1. Hazard also provided a potent reminder of what England can expect when they face Belgium in the World Cup in Russian Federation next year.

Chelsea came back from a goal down to ease to a 3-1 victory courtesy of two goals from Hazard - including an impudent penalty - either side of an Alvaro Morata header. The goals came early with Christian Kabasele's opener for Watford cancelled out by Son Heung-min.

"It was a big blow psychologically to be 2-0 down at the start".