Ange Postecoglou beats Mikel Arteta Arsenal record to send clear message to Daniel Levy

Ange Postecoglou, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur, gestures following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur
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Tottenham Hotspur's 2-1 come-from-behind win against Burnley on Saturday afternoon ensured that Europa League qualification is in their own hands heading into the final week of the Premier League season.

Goals from defenders Pedro Porro and Micky van de Ven cancelled out Jacob Bruun Larsen's opener for the visitors as Ange Postecoglou's side ended their four-game losing streak.

Next week will see Postecoglou finish his first season in charge as Tottenham host Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday before travelling to already relegated Sheffield United on the final day of the season.

However, regardless of what happens in either game, Saturday's win over Burnley has ensured that Postecoglou, who joined the club from Celtic last summer, has accrued more points in his debut season in the Premier League (63) than Mikel Arteta managed in his first full season at Arsenal (61).

Arteta was appointed as Unai Emery's successor at the Emirates Stadium in December 2019 and led the Gunners to an eighth-place finish in the 2019/20 Premier League season as they finished with 56 points and behind Wolverhampton Wanderers. The following season, Arteta's first full one as Arsenal boss, the Gunners could only manage an improvement of five points, once again finishing in eighth position.

For Tottenham, Postecoglou's return of at least 63 points in his first season in North London is slight progress on what Antonio Conte and Ryan Mason managed last season as Spurs finished eighth and failed to qualify for Europe.

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Following Saturday's victory, though, Postecoglou insisted he still had his eyes on qualifying for the Champions League, with Aston Villa just four points ahead of his side with two games of the season remaining.

"We've still got six points to play for. That's the key thing for us," said Postecoglou in his post-match press conference. "There's a big game for us on Tuesday night against City and it will be a great test for us and the Sheffield United one.

"We'll see where we can get to, playing our football and see what points we get and end up. Today was important for the supporters and for the players. When you lose four in a row, irrespective of the circumstances and the opposition, it can weigh on your mind. It can dent your confidence and belief.

"I thought they handled it well today and at least that gives us a platform to tackle these last two games."