Unai Emery Arsenal manager

Emery reveals what gave Arsenal the will to win

Unai Emery was delighted to claim victory in his first ever North London derby, and revealed that a minute long speech from club captain Laurent Koscielny gave the Gunners the ‘will to win’.

Arsenal took the lead from the spot through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but were pegged back by goals from Eric Dier and Harry Kane.

However, a resurgent Gunners side scored three unanswered goals in the second half to leapfrog Spurs into fourth place and speaking after the game, Unai Emery revealed the role that injured club captain Laurent Koscielny had on proceedings.

“For us winning is very important, together we can play like today. Our position on the pitch was good, every time we compete with and without the ball,” Emery told BBC Sport.

“And they kept calm even when Spurs were winning. I am very happy for the supporters and for every player.

“We want to keep improving defensively and not conceding opportunities for the opposition to score.

“Every player is like me, when it is a derby we need the other players to give us his experience and character. For example, our meeting today finished with a speech from Laurent Koscielny, for one minute, which gave us the will to win.

“A result like today and how we are playing is good for our confidence. Now we plan for three points at Manchester United on Wednesday.”

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