Jose Mourinho celebrated his first North London derby win.
Post the match, after congratulating the team, he suggested three more wins for the club before ending the seaoson.
“[We had] great spirit,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “It was really hot, I think, during the game. Nobody thought about it, even myself I didn’t, but Arsenal had 48 hours more than us to rest so it was hard.
“But I think it came from their hearts, this effort, this battle, and even in the last minutes of the game after 2-1 [we had] zero problems, everything under control.
“We are happy because we made the fans happy. We are happy because we are still in the fight for a Europa League position.”
“I know that Chelsea and Liverpool didn’t help us at all, but this is about us,” Mourinho said. “We must do the points and we lost some important points, but now we have nine to fight for.”
Defender Toby Alderweireld was also pleased – admitting that he wished fans were present to witness the win.
“We knew it would be difficult without fans,” the defender said. “It would be a totally different atmosphere if the fans were here, but I think we did everything we could.
“I think we want to prove some points because in the press there has been a lot of negativity about the team. I think today we showed we have character and really wanted it.”