Unai Emery has urged Arsenal to move on quickly from their North London derby victory against Tottenham and focus on the midweek clash with Manchester United.
Arsenal beat Tottenham 4-2 at the Emirates after coming from 2-1 down in the second half for arguably the biggest statement win of Emery’s short reign at the club.
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.
“Now I’m thinking about the match on Wednesday in Manchester,” Emery said when asked whether this was his most significant win so far.
“It’s a very big victory. We show 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 three points. Like last week in Bournemouth, and like Wednesday in Manchester.”
Emery also used Spurs as an example of how a team’s momentum can change quickly, as Tottenham beat Chelsea 3-1 just last week and Inter Milan in the Champions League in midweek before coming crashing back down to earth against Arsenal.
“I think for our confidence it’s a very good match,” he said. “But let’s not forget, last week they were winning against Chelsea also, Tottenham, with a very big match and today they are losing against us. And Wednesday is for us a good example, we need to think now about the Manchester match.”
Asked if it was his best day as Arsenal manager so far, Emery said: “The best day is when I signed.”
Emery’s two halftime substitutions helped turn the game around as he brought on striker Alexandre Lacazette and midfielder Aaron Ramsey for Alexi Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Ramsey set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Arsenal’s equaliser and assisted Lacazette to make it 3-2, before Lucas Torreira finished off the win.
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