LONDON – Arsenal manager Unai Emery urged his players to show passion in Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final meeting with rivals Tottenham just weeks after a league match between the two sides turned ugly.
The Gunners sealed a 4-2 victory over their north London neighbours in the Premier League fixture on December 2 in a match that had several flashpoints.
Eric Dier equalised for the visitors at the Emirates Stadium, before his finger-to-lips celebration sparked a fracas between the two sets of players.
There were also several arrests made among the supporters, with a Tottenham fan handed a four-year football ban and fine for throwing a banana skin towards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he celebrated his opening goal in front of the away fans.
Despite those incidents, Emery wants emotions to be running high when the two sides meet again so soon after his first taste of the north London derby.