Mikel Arteta channels Jose Mourinho in awkward Sky Sports interview after Tottenham loss

Arsenal were thrashed by Tottenham on Thursday evening
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On referee Paul Tierney's decision to dismiss Holding, Arteta added: "The decision is made. I cannot change it. The referee has to make the decision and react in football."

Arsenal's final Premier League fixtures are against Newcastle at St James' Park and Everton at the Emirates. Tottenham, meanwhile, will host Burnley and travel to Carrow Road to play Norwich. "We have two games to play, each of us, it's in our hands and now we have to do our job," added Arteta.

The Spaniard decided against introducing Ben White – who has just returned from a hamstring injury – after Holding's dismissal, playing much of the game with only one centre-back. "To take the risk in the situation didn't make any sense," said Arteta when asked about his decision. "Now we focus on Newcastle. That's our focus. This game is history."

Arteta will now be without Holding for the trip to Newcastle and Gabriel could also miss the game after picking up a hamstring injury. "[Gabriel] felt something, hopefully he will be fit for Monday, and hopefully we can recover Gabi as obviously we don't have enough players in the back," said the Gunners boss.

On the psychological impact of their heavy defeat, Arteta said: "This game is history for us. Now it is Newcastle. We know how it went out of our hands and we accept it. Now we go to Newcastle and be the team you saw right from the beginning in this stadium."

On whether his players are flat, the Spaniard claimed: "We lost a football match in the conditions that we lost, it's painful but that pain cannot be sustained as we have a huge match on Monday. Now I talk about the excitement of playing Newcastle."