Emery moves on to next mis­sion af­ter Arsenal earn derby tri­umph

Western Morning News - - Sport - BY JONATHAN VEAL

Unai Emery has called for his Arsenal side to give even more, af­ter they put in a thrilling dis­play to beat Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 4-2 in yes­ter­day’s feisty Premier League en­counter.

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 cre­den­tials.

That does not tell even half of 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 the vis­i­tors’ Jan Ver­tonghen was sent off in the clos­ing ten min­utes at the Emi­rates Sta­dium.

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 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 it, but shocked be­cause Tot­ten­ham are on 30 points like us.

“We need to con­tinue our process, cre­at­ing our way. To­day was very big, and for our con­fi­dence this was a very good match.”

Me­sut Ozil was not in­cluded in the match-day squad as he suf­fered from back spasms, and Emery was not pre­pared to dis­cuss the mat­ter fur­ther.

He was asked whether the Ger­man would be fit for the Old Traf­ford game. He replied: “It’s a good day to speak about the play­ers that played to­day.”

For Spurs, a good week ended on a low note as they could not fol­low up wins against Chelsea and In­ter Mi­lan, de­spite their strong fin­ish to the first half.

Man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino was forced to play the role of peace­maker af­ter Dier’s equaliser as his cel­e­bra­tion led to a mass brawl, with the Spurs boss sprint­ing up the touch­line to rem­edy mat­ters.

“Foot­ball is about the en­ergy and the emo­tion and how it changed the emo­tion in that mo­ment when we scored,” the Ar­gen­tinian said. “It was try to put calm in our play­ers. At 1-1 it was a mas­sive fight there, I didn’t know what was go­ing on in that mo­ment.

“At the mo­ment I ar­rived, it was all calm and re­laxed. I don’t know what hap­pened, my in­ten­tion was al­ways to put calm. I don’t know if it was the cel­e­bra­tion of Dier what up­set peo­ple, I didn’t ask. In that mo­ment, the team scored, the en­ergy is on our side and we needed to cel­e­brate the goal and get back.”

Po­chet­tino knew it was tough for his side to re­cover from a gru­elling week af­ter they went 3-2 down in the sec­ond half. “Un­til they scored the third goal I think the game was even, af­ter that we started to pay,” he ad­mit­ted.

“It was dif­fi­cult for the team to show the en­ergy that we nor­mally show. That was tough it was men­tal and phys­i­cally too, but it was a big hit.”

Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing for Arsenal yes­ter­daySHAUN BOT­TER­ILL/GETTY IMAGES

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