Unai Emery believes Arsenal’s draw against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup will offer one side a ‘great moment’ to win.

The pair were drawn against each other after Arsenal defeated Blackpool 2-1 and Spurs defeated West Ham 3-1 on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup.

“We are here to do one thing in this title and we are going to play against the big teams,” Emery told reporters at his post-Blackpool press conference.

“I think this is the moment also to play the first derby against Tottenham. For us, it’s different if we play away or if we play here at home.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal gives his team instructions during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Blackpool at Emirates Stadium on October 31, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal gives his team instructions during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Blackpool at Emirates Stadium on October 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

“I think it’s important for us to play here with our supporters at Emirates. I think this is the moment for both clubs, a great moment, but only one can win.”

There is, of course, the fear that Emery and his new cohorts at the club may not fully appreciate what a game against Tottenham means to both sets of fans.

Anyone who thinks Emery might be unaware, or unprepared, hasn’t been paying attention.

“Yes, I knew this rivalry” he replied when asked if the rivalry had been explained to him.

“Not like you or like every supporter here in London or for supporters of Tottenham or Arsenal. But we are going to play against them in the Premier League or like now in the Carabao Cup and I am going to research a lot of information about this.”

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