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Press conference

Unai Emery on the north London derby

Unai Emery will take charge of his second north London derby on Wednesday - just 17 days after his first one.

Ahead of the game our head coach faced the media and, as well as looking ahead to the big game, Unai talked about Jose Mourinho’s departure from Manchester United.

Read on for a transcript of the press conference:

on Jose Mourinho leaving United…
When one coach is taken off, it’s not good news for us.

on squad selection for Carabao Cup quarter-final…
Our first idea is that we play with the best players that we can use tomorrow in this derby. The opposition is very big and it’s demanding a big performance from us tomorrow. We can use some young players because we think with a big performance, they can help us win tomorrow.

on responding to Sunday’s game…
Sunday for us is a big reality check in our way. We need to improve and also we need to continue doing our way in our process. It’s not a good result but this reality gives us more motivation to continue to work hard, finding a new thing to work on each day, and also it makes us demand a lot from ourselves in the way we work on this way.

on whether he was surprised by Mourinho’s departure…
The only thing I can say to you is that it’s a surprise for me and not good news, because when one coach finishes his work like that, it’s not good for coaches.

on what he made of United under Mourinho…
My focus is only on our way, our work. We have a lot of work to do to improve and also find a solution in every match with our players. My focus is on the big derby tomorrow, the north London derby, and that’s the focus of the players as well. Only that.

on the best way to manage players in the modern game…
In each match we want the same thing, to find the good performance with our players individually and collectively. I think it’s the same there [at Manchester United].

on the demands of being a top-six manager…
Each coach has their own way of management. They always think how they can be better with the work they do every day, their management team, and the players collectively and individually. They’re pushing with one way or another way. Mourinho’s experience in the Premier League and of coaching in general is very, very big. It’s not good news, but I don’t know why this decision’s been made.

on whether it’s a good thing for Arsenal…
They cannot do our way. We need to do our focus with our work and our analysis to find the best solution in our defensive, attacking and motivational moments. We’re working every day and this work is only for us, not for anyone else. My focus is about thinking every day about our work, our players, our matches. Tomorrow, that’s against Tottenham.

on whether Spurs will be more motivated after the 4-2…
I say to them that in every match, we need to respect the opposition. Against Southampton, against Tottenham, against Manchester United, against Huddersfield, it’s the same. This respect is by playing with a big motivation and a lot of excitement to win against them. We must respect this emotion in every moment. The emotion is not bad. I think showing our emotion, the players, the fans and me, is good. But every time we must respect them.

on how players and supporters find balance between passion and crossing the line…
I said to you that I think showing emotion is very important. I think football is emotion. In a derby, maybe this emotion is greater. When you win it’s amazing, when you lose it’s horrible. Respect is very important. We can show this emotion with respect when we are playing but also when they scored against us, they can show their emotion with their supporters. But with respect. We need to show this emotion when we are playing, when we are winning, because I think football needs this passion.

on the banana skin thrown towards Aubameyang…
This is not respect. I think it’s a good decision [to ban the fan].

on what he’s said to Auba ahead of Wednesday’s game…
I don’t speak about that. I was speaking about the match, the focus in our game, in our tactical things and individually things to improve. Not this.

on what he’s said to players after run ends…
We can win, we can lose. We’ve won matches playing worse than we did on Sunday. Football is like that. We need to continue improving. Our analysis shows us it’s the first time we’ve conceded three goals in this process. There’s no excuses because we don’t have a lot of centre backs. I think it’s a little bit for all the players, all the positions on the pitch. It’s also because they did their actions against us well. We need to improve by not conceding as many chances to the opposition. A clean sheet is very important in each match. Tomorrow is the next. A scoring moment is very important and we are second for that in the Premier League. But we need to do better in our balance defensively, and our hard work now is this.

Pre-Match Report

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur: The Brief

Who will play against Tottenham on Wednesday?

Ask a dozen Arsenal fans that question and you might well get a dozen different answers.

One school of thought says that it’s the Carabao Cup so key men will be rested ahead of the next Premier League game. The counter view is that it’s Spurs so you should play your strongest team.

Throw in a number of doubts over our defensive personnel - Bellerin, Kolasinac and Mustafi are all being assessed - and you’d do well to get Unai Emery’s starting XI spot on.

The head coach said that “we will play with the best players that we can use” but added that “we can use some young players”. So the debate will rage on until our team is announced an hour before kick-off.

For the very latest injury news, scroll down this page. You’re also in the right place for the goals from that famous 4-2 win, match stats and press conference video.

The Breakdown - Tottenham Hotspur
Emery quote - Tottenham
Team News - Tottenham
The Dangerman - Tottenham Hotspur
AN Live - Tottenham Hotspur


Picture special: behind the scenes at Colney

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Before heading out to training on Tuesday, our club photographer spent some time with our players behind the scenes at London Colney.

Accompanied by the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka, he visited the boot room - and even met up with club legend Robert Pires in the gym.

Check out the photographs he sent back below:

Team news

Team news: Bellerin, Kolasinac, Lichtsteiner

Hector Bellerin

Here’s the latest update from our medical team ahead of Wednesday’s north London derby at Emirates Stadium.

Stephan Lichtsteiner
Fit and in full training following knock at Southampton (a).
Hector Bellerin
Left calf. Being assessed ahead of Tottenham Hotspur (h) on Wednesday, December 19.

Sead Kolasinac
Right thigh. Being assessed ahead of Tottenham Hotspur (h) on Wednesday, December 19.
Shkodran Mustafi
Right hamstring. Being assessed ahead of Tottenham Hotspur (h) on Wednesday, December 19.
Emile Smith Rowe
Right hip. Expected to return to full training in December.
Dinos Mavropanos
Groin injury. Expected to return to full training in December.
Rob Holding
Left knee. Recovering after surgery.
Danny Welbeck
Right ankle. Recovering after surgery.


How well do you know these derby goals?

Tomas Rosicky

We have enjoyed some unforgettable north London derby moments over the years.

From Liam Brady capping off a 5-0 away victory with a stunning strike in 1978 to winning the league at White Hart Lane for a second time in 2004, we are spoilt for choice when trying to pick our favourite moment in games against Tottenham Hotspur.

We've also scored some incredible goals against our rivals, but how many of these can you identify from just the iconic commentary line alone? Find out by taking our quiz below:

Club announcement

Supporter information: Tottenham Hotspur (h)

Emirates Stadium

We’re all looking forward to our Carabao Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening.

This fixture always generates an exciting and passionate atmosphere, however we recently saw incidents where a small minority of fans have behaved unacceptably and unlawfully.

We appeal to both sets of supporters to get behind their team tomorrow in positive and respectful ways without any discriminatory behaviour.

If you witness any form of offensive chanting or discriminatory behaviour at the game, you can report it to a matchday steward or use our ‘See Something, Say Something’ service by texting FOUL to 67777 together with a description of the incident and location. 


First team train ahead of north London derby

First team train ahead of north London derby

We’re back in Carabao Cup action on Wednesday evening, when we face Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-final at Emirates Stadium.

Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette were among those in action during our final session ahead of the game - and our club photographer was also at London Colney to send back these pictures:

Press conference

Emery on the January transfer window


Unai Emery is happy with his squad but he says that we will not ignore a good opportunity if one arises in the January transfer window.

Our defensive options have been stretched recently with Rob Holding, Dinos Mavropanos, Shkodran Mustafi and now Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac out injured.

Laurent Koscielny is back from a long absence but, with Unai opting for a back three at times, his resources have been stretched.

“The club is working because if we have one good option to come around and help us, we can do it,” said Unai. “The club has this possibility to help us in the transfer window with some players, but I am very happy with the players. 

“Already, we have some problems at centre back when we’re playing with three centre backs, but Sokratis is coming back [against Tottenham]. Koscielny is also coming back, Mustafi is coming back in the next week. 

“I can sometimes play with Xhaka or Nacho Monreal, and also Mavropanos is starting to do training on the pitch and running. Maybe in one month he can help us, but also in this transfer window if we have one good opportunity to help us and sign [someone], we are working for that.”