Unai Emery says he’s excited about the two huge tests facing his Arsenal side this week as they get ready to take on Sp*rs and Manchester United in quick succession.
The Gunners host the north London derby on Sunday afternoon knowing a win will take them level with Mauricio Pochettino’s homeless goblins before travelling to Old Trafford to face misery guts Jose and his band of overpaid elbow merchants.
Having won 10 pieces of silverware in the last five years, Emery knows the importance of delivering the goods when the pressure is cranked up. He says he’s up for the challenges ahead, all the more so because of the bragging rights at stake.
“They are two matches that will give us the chances in the table,” he told Arsenal.com.
“How will we respond against them? For me it’s a very exciting moment as well because I am looking forward to arriving in the big matches.
“For me, it’s a big experience and a big moment. In the title race, I think we are close to the position we want, and Sunday is a good chance for us to continue that.
“Each match for me is very special. The derby is perhaps more special because my responsibility is bigger because of every supporter. Also, we need three points in the league because we want to be closer to the other teams, like Tottenham, and we have this challenge.”
In a separate interview with Sky Sports, the Spaniard also spoke about creating a ‘new history’ as he tackles his first showdown with Sp*rs.
“Each match, like this derby, is different. We want to create a new history – it’s a different moment for Tottenham and for us.
“They are going to play for the first time [against] players with us – the coach and all the staff.
“We want to start playing one derby like that, with a good experience. But above all, in the 90 minutes, we [want to] show everybody a good performance and energy.
“I know from living in Spain and France, different matches like this, and I want to feel this match here with our supporters at the Emirates.
“I know it’s going to have a very big atmosphere for us, and we want to win, first as it’s a derby, but also for the three points because in the table we need to continue in our process.”