By 90Min
February 28, 2019

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said keeping pace with rivals Tottenham in the league table is a serious motivation for his side, as they gear up for the short trip to Wembley to face their North London rivals on Saturday. 

A victory for Emery's men at the weekend will cut the gap between the two to just one point after Arsenal's back to back league wins moved them into fourth place; while back to back league defeats for Spurs has led to the collapse of their title challenge. 

And given the ten-point chasm that existed between the sides less than a week ago, Emery admitted before their resounding 5-1 victory over Bournemouth that the chance to put the pressure on their rivals is one his side can't afford to pass up. 

"It's a big motivation, but we were speaking to the players about it," Emery told Sky Sports. "We need to take the opportunity today, and after that we can have a great opportunity on Saturday. 

"They are still ahead of us in the table, and it's difficult to win there, but it's a good test."

Arsenal are flying at present, with three wins on the bounce in all competitions, and the 5-1 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday signalled a return to their attacking best. 

Five different goalscorers - including the returning Mesut Ozil - means Emery now has a selection dilemma on his hands ahead of one of the biggest matches of his debut season. 

"I'm going to watch the match back, and Tottenham's, and after that I will decide our game plan for Saturday with every player," he added. 

"We need the players in the first 11 and on the bench, and a big commitment between every player to help us.

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"If we can play with a big performance, I want every player to help us once we make these decisions."

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