'This is Unai Emery's victory': Fans praise Arsenal coach after derby victory

Heather Diaz
December 3, 2018

Ozil was axed for the win over Bournemouth last weekend and Emery publicly suggested that the playmaker wasn't suited to playing in high intensity games amid reports he's concerned about the players work ethic.

But while players and fans celebrated wildly at the final whistle after restoring local bragging rights and climbing above Spurs in the Premier League table, Emery attempted to turn attention to Wednesday's trip to Old Trafford.

Mauricio Pochettino absolved Tottenham defender Juan Foyth of any blame after a costly error in the north London derby, lauding him as Spurs' best player "by far".

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang had set the Gunners on their way with the opener from the penalty spot in the 10th minute, but goals from Eric Dier and Harry Kane put Tottenham 2-1 up.

The retired Germany worldwide missed the first north London derby of the season with a back spasm.

"It was a very competitive game, it's tough for us because the fixture was after Chelsea and Inter Milan, it didn't help us, but the team was very competitive", Pochettino told Sky Sports.

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"Now I am thinking of the match on Wednesday in Manchester", he said.

"I think for our confidence it's a very good match", he said.

"We need calm and to [see] the difference between his future and his present now".

"But for me, Juan was one of the best players on the pitch".

A defining feature of Emery's first four months at the helm has been that Arsenal have tended to finish strongly, winning matches in the second half, and so it proved against Spurs. "I would rather have Aaron Ramsey", asserted the 45-year-old former footballer.

The 20-year-old Argentine was a surprise starter in the north London derby with Toby Alderweireld rested having played in two hard games this week against Chelsea and Inter. He is picking the best team to win that game and not looking to keep a big ego in his dressing room happy.

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