The victory at the Emirates Stadium keeps sixth-placed Arsenal's hopes of a top-four finish alive, but they are six points adrift of Manchester City, who now occupy the final Champions League qualifying slot, albeit with a game in hand. Arsenal's manager appeared to resent the question and declined the opportunity to gloat at Mourinho's expense. I left Highbury, they were crying, I left Emirates, they were crying. "I leave Emirates, they were crying".
"Recently we won at Middlesbrough, we won against Manchester City in the semi-final of the FA Cup, we won against Leicester, we won today".
City has a game in hand on Liverpool and can go back into third if it wins that.
"It's impossible", Mourinho said. For two reasons. Because we are not the ones playing one match a week in a great situation.
"And because we go with everything on Thursday and we can not go with everything against Tottenham". When you don't go with everything it's more hard.
And whether United's Champions League hopes now rest on the Europa League, he said: "I think with the last result against Swansea and the defeat today we have to be pragmatic and see it is hard [to finish in the top four]".
"We have to chase Champions League by trying to win the Europa League".
When Arsenal fans realize Mourinho took this L just so Wenger could extend his contract.
"It's between two teams at the end of the day, that's what I make of it", he told a post-match news conference, in which he highlighted the recent upturn that was interrupted by a 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane.
A deflected goal off Ander Herrera from Granit Xhaka's long range strike and a header from United's former player Danny Welbeck saw Arsenal end United's 25-match unbeaten run.
"It was really important for us to get the victory with our position in the table", said Welbeck.
"Overall, you play Man United and it's another big game". It's a formation we're still working on but it showed today we showed we can be effective using it.
Xhaka hobbled off in the 76th minute with pain in his calf and Wenger said he will have to be assessed ahead of Wednesday's trip to Southampton.
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