Arsenal play against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. It will be the second time that the two North London giants meet this month after Unai Emery’s side prevailed 4-2 in the Premier League earlier this month. Tottenham meanwhile are coming into the game on the back off a 1-0 win against Burnley and will be looking to gain revenge over Arsenal.
Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat against Southampton last weekend. Sead Kolasinac was a late withdrawal at St Mary’s due to a thigh muscle problem. Hector Bellerin had to leave the field due to calf problem and is expected to be out of action for a while.
Shkodran Mustafi is expected to miss the game against Spurs due to a hamstring problem. Furthermore, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Movrapanos are expected to miss the game for Arsenal.
Meanwhile Emery has encouraged Arsenal to respect Tottenham ahead of the game. Some of the Arsenal players were criticized earlier this month following the win against Spurs after they took to social media and posted selfies.
“I say to them that in every match, we need to respect the opposition”, Emery said. “Against Southampton, against Tottenham, against Manchester United, against Huddersfield, it’s the same. This respect is by playing with a big motivation and a lot of excitement to win.
“Football is emotion. In a derby, maybe this emotion is greater. I think showing our emotion, the players, the fans and me, is good. But every time we must respect them. When you win it’s amazing, when you lose it’s horrible. But respect is very important.
“We can show this emotion with respect when we are playing but also, when they scored against us, they can show their emotion with their supporters. But also with respect. We need to show this emotion when we are playing, when we are winning, because I think football needs this passion.”