Emery calls for passion against Tottenham

Emery calls for passion against Tottenham

He lost the ball as the Saints went on to score a victor and Emery has once again been willing to show his assertiveness by omitting Ozil from the squad in one of most significant games of the season so far.

The defensive issues that halted Arsenal's 22-game unbeaten run against Southampton were still more than apparent. The Spaniard remains relatively happy with the progress of his team this term and thinks it will be hard to recruit top-level players during next month's window.

Asked if Ozil is not good enough to get in Arsenal's team for the match, Emery replied: 'Only tactical'. But I don't believe I would in this transfer window because it's not a very big possibility with the players. If we consider that he can cover 90 minutes, maybe he can play.

Arsenal and Tottenham lock horns at the Emirates Stadium this evening with both sides looking to book their place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

'And against Spurs, you could only see one outcome really. Centre-backs Rob Holding (knee) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) are also on the sidelines. Substitute Charlie Austin nodded the 85th-minute victor after Henrikh Mkhitaryan twice cancelled out goals from Danny Ings.

Ozil, who joined the Gunners from Real Madrid in 2013 for a then-record 42 million pounds ($53 million), has been left out of the side regularly in the last two months, at first due to a back sprain and then - according to Emery - because of the physicality of some opponents.

"We need to improve by not conceding as many chances to the opposition", he said. 'We are not out of the situation at the moment, we are still in the zone where we are battling not to relegate, ' he said.

"We need to assess him because he had a cold and he didn't go outside to train", Pochettino told a news conference".

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