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Unai Emery speaks out on Ozil and the chance to move a point behind Tottenham: Press Conference

Arsenal travel to Wembley to take on Tottenham in the north London derby.

Ahead of the game, Arsenal boss Unai Emery has faced the press.

On his manager of the month nomination.

I don’t think about that, my focus is tomorrow and the idea is the same. To be consistent and win. I am thinking only about performance. But I know if we win, we are all better.

Emery on derby day

Matches like tomorrow the players know it’s important first to get three points and because it is special for the supporters. We are playing for three points and more. Each derby is different. Playing home and away can be very different.

Clean bill of health

The players are all well

Emery on the chance to move a point behind Tottenham

We have been speaking about the opportunity. Sometimes we can take a big opportunity like tomorrow. There was 10 points difference two weeks ago and now it’s four points. For both teams, it’s very important. It’s a big opportunity for us to play with confidence in our moment but respecting them because they are having a very big season. We must play with confidence and keep our minds free.

Emery on Kane escaping a ban

I don’t know, I don’t control that. If he is playing tomorrow we are playing with the best players on the pitch.

Emery on Ozil’s finish against Bournemouth

Each player has their skills. Ozil has the confidence to shoot like that, I think it’s amazing that football can have players can have this skill and do different things on the pitch.

Will Ozil start against Spurs?

We are doing a plan for a lot of matches. Each match is different. Home, away, depending on the opposition. The most important thing is every player is OK for tomorrow.

On Ozil’s spell out of the team

He had injuries, his back, then he was sick. That’s the reason. I spoke with him, I spoke to you telling that when he can be consistent, available for training, it’s better for us.

On the challenge of facing Tottenham away from the Emirates

I think we can feel stronger at home with our supporters and they will feel the same tomorrow. We need to play our game and focus. I know it’s a big test for us, it’s a very big opportunity for us. We need to take these three points.

Do players talk about finishing above Spurs?

Usually, I’m not thinking about ‘ifs’. I’m thinking in the present and the moment. We will prepare to deliver the best performance individually and collectively. We need to be strong and we need to be very concentrated over 90 minutes and we need to read different moments in 90 minutes. When we get our chances, we need to be efficient in attacking moments against them.

Emery has kind words for Pochettino

He’s young. He has done a great job in all the teams in his career, especially here, in Tottenham. I have a lot of respect for him like a person because he’s a good person but above all like a professional and a coach. He’s young and he’s going to do important things in football. I hope tomorrow won’t be the case. I know him, respect him a lot and he’s a very good coach.

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