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Emery - Derby win is big for Arsenal

2nd December 2018, 18:43 by Simon Barlow

Unai Emery has urged his Arsenal side to give even more after they staged a thrilling comeback to beat Spurs 4-2 in a feisty derby.

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.

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 10 minutes.

The Gunners made it 19 games unbeaten in all competitions and Emery is now focusing on another testing examination away at Manchester United on Wednesday.

"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."

Mesut Ozil was not included in the matchday 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 and also if he was at the game on Sunday, to which he responded "I don't know" on both occasions.

He also said: "It's a good day to speak about the players that played today."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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