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

High stakes as Tottenham takes on Arsenal

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Arsenal looked comfortable but Spurs were gifted a way back into the contest with 17 minutes remaining after Shkodran Mustafi barged into Kane inside the penalty area.

"I also have to say the covering tackle from Jan Vertonghen to deny him [Aubameyang] the rebound was incredible -exactly the kind of desire to stop conceding that will give Pochettino a lift", he wrote in his column for The Daily Mail.

However, late drama left the Spurs manager baffled after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was awarded a penalty to win the game in the dying minutes. "I can only play Aubameyang".

"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!"

However, they come up against a Tottenham side who have won five of their last seven at home.

"Beating Dortmund would show we're growing in Europe and becoming a bigger team", he said.

Spurs saw their slim chances of winning the trophy take a huge blow in the space of eight days, suffering losses to Burnley and Chelsea before drawing with Arsenal.

Mauricio Pochettino believes his Tottenham Hotspur side were better than Arsenal in the north London derby on Saturday, which ended 1-1, but has indicated that the draw was a fair result.

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Madrid had reached at least the semifinals in eight straight seasons and hadn't failed to make it past the round of 16 since 2010. Then was caught out as Lasse Schone killed the tie dead by embarrassing the Belgian with a free kick from a tight angle.

"I am happy with the performance, it was a tough game and hard to play Arsenal", the Argentine added after Tottenham's first league draw this season.

Mustafi - a Germany worldwide - played the full 90 minutes at right back, with his push on Kane allowing Spurs to haul themselves level in the 74th minute.

Emery has now told Lacazette that he and Aubameyang must accept his decisions.

His progress is very important for this performance and I think today he played well, but in the last matches he is coming with his best confidence in himself, for using his skills and his capacity to help us and he has experience to continue improving his progress with us, like today.

"It's important we get to the quarter-final after reaching this stage a year ago".

I think today that we played with a big collective spirit and tactically, I think we adapted well to battle them in our moments, also with transitions and some quality actions from our players.

"We were a bit unlucky but that's football".

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