Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham
UNAI EMERY has called for his Arsenal side to give even more after they put in a thrilling display to beat Tottenham in a feisty encounter, but was in no mood to talk about the absent Mesut Ozil.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double and goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira gave Emery the winning feeling in his first north London derby and further strengthened Arsenal’s top-four Premier League credentials.
But that does not tell even half the story as Spurs led 2-1 at the break, thanks to Eric Dier’s goal which sparked a mad touchline melee, and Harry Kane’s penalty, while Jan Vertonghen was also sent off in the closing ten minutes.
The Gunners made it 19 games unbeaten in all competitions and Emery is now focusing on another testing examination away at Manchester United in midweek.
‘Now I am thinking of the match on Wednesday in Manchester,’ he said. ‘It is a very big victory, we showed our supporters and we gave them the victory because it is a very special match against Tottenham. For us it is special also.
‘But above all it is three points, like against Bournemouth. We are happy, we are enjoying, but shocked because Tottenham are on 30 points like us. We need to continue our process, creating our way. Today was very big things, for our confidence this was a very good match.’
Ozil was not included in the matchday squad as he suffered from back spasms and Emery was not prepared to discuss the matter. He was asked whether the German, who was left on the bench last weekend, would be fit to face United and also if he was at the game on Sunday, to which he responded ‘I don’t know’ on both occasions.
He added: ‘It’s a good day to speak about the players that played.’