Unai Emery's comments on Mesut Ozil after Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur


Unai Emery has called for his Arsenal side to give even more after they put in a thrilling display to beat Tottenham 4-2 in a feisty 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.

But 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 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 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.”

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.”

Arsenal's impressive performance without the German international will certainly raise questions regarding his future and whether he actually has a role to play in this new-look Arsenal under Emery.

One thing is for sure, however, they didn't miss him on Sunday, and it's doubtful he'll play on Wednesday when they go to Old Trafford.

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