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Spurs and Arsenal played out a 1-1 draw in the North London Derby, this past weekend but it was truly a great point for the Gunners.

The draw meant, Spurs have now fallen out of the Premier League title race but Arsenal still maintain the pressure on the likes of Man United and Chelsea for the top-four spot.

And even before the match started it was pretty clear that Unai Emery was the manager who wanted to win the match more.

Usually, Unai Emery likes to field his first XI with a back three but this weekend he shocked everyone by picking a back-four which meant that both Ozil and Aubameyang had to start on the bench.

Before the match begun there was a fair bit of criticism regarding Unai Emery’s tactics but once the 90 minutes were over, it was pretty clear that the Spaniard had played a masterstroke.

And now, Unai Emery has come out to explain why he opted for a four-man back line instead of his traditional back-three.

“Each match is different, we are playing with a back four and also with three centre backs sometimes, and I think the team is improving and is learning to play different systems. But with the same ideas,” Emery said.

“It’s not the same to play with one player or another player, because maybe he has bigger qualities or better qualities more like a winger or like a full back or like a right back.

“For example, it’s different to play with Nacho Monreal or Sead Kolasinac. They are two very big and important players for us with their qualities.

“But one is more offensive than the other. Nacho is more defensive with a big performance defensively, more than Sead. 

“But we need to use two players and sometimes with three or four at the back. Above all, to improve and grow up like a player, improving tactical issues and we are doing that.

“The reason why we are making changes to the system is adaptation to the opposition and also in our best combinations with the players.”

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