Press conference

‘This is a special victory, it’s for the fans’

One north London derby in charge, one north London derby win for Unai Emery.

Our head coach was a proud onlooker as his side came back from 2-1 down to win 4-2 at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Emery faced the media after the game and had this to say: 

on whether this was his best day…

My best day was when I signed here! My English is improving from my first day to today. Now I am thinking about the match on Wednesday in Manchester. This is a very big victory, we showed our supporters and we give them this victory because it's a very special match against Tottenham. For us it's the same - special, but above all it's three points, like last week against Bournemouth, and like Wednesday in Manchester. Now we are happy, we are enjoying it, but short. Why? Because Tottenham lost today but they are on the same points as us in the table. We also need to continue in our way, in our process, and for our confidence it was a very big match. But don't forget that they beat Chelsea last week in a very big match and today they are close with us. Wednesday is a good example for us, we need to think about Manchester on Wednesday.


on the half-time substitutions…

Before I started the match I prepared in my mind different situations in the match. One was this. Why? Because Lacazette has very big efficiency in scoring against every team and because Aaron has experience against Tottenham and in derby matches. He has experience of coming back against big teams.


on whether he believes Arsenal can beat anybody…

We know it's very difficult in Manchester, in history and in present. We are going to prepare the best possible way to have the best performance against them. We know it will be difficult, it's a big challenge for us and we want to have a lot of challenges like that.

on the confrontation at 1-1…

It's a moment on the pitch with the players, they very big emotions. The heart is fired a lot, and we need to be calm also.

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