Unai Emery says Arsenal achieved a ‘very big victory’ against Spurs as his side bounced back from 2-1 down at half time to secure a well-deserved 4-2 win.
The Gunners took the lead inside 10 minutes courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty and were well in control when the visitors snatched two goals in four minutes before the break.
The introduction of Aaron Ramsey and Alex Lacazette sparked a revival with the former setting up Aubameyang’s equaliser before the latter squeezed home from the edge of the area to restore the home side’s advantage.
Lucas Torreira’s first goal for Arsenal sealed the three points with 13 minutes remaining before Jan Vertonghen was given his marching orders for a second yellow card.
At the end of a near perfect day for his team, Emery was bursting with pride but also turning his attention to a trip to Old Trafford in midweek.
“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,” he told his post-game press conference.
“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.”
Emery also seemed to hint that he always had it in mind to introduce Lacazette and Ramsey knowing full well their ability to influence big games.
“Before I started the match I prepared in my mind different situations in the match,” he explained. “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.”