Arsenal 5 Tottenham 2: I’m proud of our performance, insists Villas-Boas
Arsenal 5 Tottenham 2: Andre Villas-Boas insists he is proud of his side's performance despite an emphatic loss at The Emirates
Andre Villas-Boas insisted he was proud of Tottenham’s performance despite 10-man Spurs suffering an emphatic defeat by Arsenal at The Emirates.
Emmanuel Adebayor gave Tottenham an early 10th-minute lead before the former Gunners striker was sent off for a reckless challenge on Santi Cazorla.
It prompted an Arsenal revival with Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud all scoring before half-time to put the home side ahead.
Cazorla extended the Gunners’ lead with a close-range finish before Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott both scored in the final 20 minutes.
“Firstly, I’m very, very proud of my players. We spent a lot of time playing with 10 men,” Villas-Boas told Sky Sports.
“The referee made the right decision with the sending off but I was proud of my team.
“There were two key moments in the game. The sending off left us with a big margin to come back and we had chances for the third goal.
“If we had taken our chances in the second half to narrow their lead to one goal then we could have gone all the way through.
“Because we certainly had the passion, the ambition and the desire, so I don’t take it as a defeat. I take the result but I’m proud of my team.”
Villas-Boas also played down Adebayor’s red card for a high challenge on Arsenal’s Cazorla.
“I think so [he was overly enthusiastic],” Villas-Boas added.
“Players are going to clash for the ball in a normal game and not with the intention to do any harm.
“But sometimes situations like this happen.”