Arsenal's 'perfect' spirit and belief crucial in top-four battle, says Sokratis


The draw today has left Arsenal sitting fifth in the table - four points adrift of Tottenham - after Man Utd beat Southampton to climb up to fourth so the Gunners will be hoping Sokratis continues his impressive form as they look to secure Champions League qualification.

Leading 3-0 from the first leg after a stunning victory at Wembley, Tottenham are the overwhelming favourites to progress.

'I'm proud of the players, of our work, ' Emery said after the final whistle.

The clear foul was spotted by Anthony Taylor, who pointed to the spot.

The Gunners made a decision to break off new contract negotiations with the Welshman towards the back end of last year, with the 28-year-old subsequently agreeing to join Serie A giants Juventus on a four-year deal at the end of the season - worth a reported £400,000 per week.

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After Aaron Ramsey had given Arsenal a 16th-minute lead against their North London rivals, Tottenham equalised through a 74th-minute penalty from Harry Kane when the England forward was fouled in the area by Shkodran Mustafi.

"Sissoko's shot, I didn't see the ball, I just reacted, I think the best saves are always those when you don't quite know what happens!"

"Today for me, the referees were a big personality but it's not enough to make the best decision in hard action in the box, for them and for us", he told reporters after the match. "We have a very hard game on Tuesday against Borussia Dortmund and arriving in a better condition than we arrived today is going to be key".

"It's very hard for them to watch in the moment one action like that".

He added: "I prepared myself to (start all three)".

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"It is very frustrating because we conceded a late goal and also had chances to score with the penalty". But of course, I am so happy with the character, the personality and the way that in the end, we played. Our approach to the match was good and we could have won this match.

For his part, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said VAR would probably help match officials but the important point would be how the technology was applied.

"This season we are so unlucky, decisions that affect in a negative way to us".

"Football has never been fair, and it never will be fair", he said.

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