Arsenal manager Unai Emery reacts to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty miss against Tottenham

Unai Emery defended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after his costly penalty miss against Tottenham.

Arsenal’s leading goalscorer had the opportunity to seal north London bragging rights with an injury-time spot kick and cut the gap to just a single point to third place Spurs in the Premier League table.

Hugo Lloris, however, made a vital save and Aubameyang’s misery was further compounded when Jan Vertonghen produced a stunning clearance from underneath his own crossbar to deny the Gabon international instand redemption.

‘I spoke with him [Aubameyang].’ said Emery in his post match press conference.

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‘He had 35 minutes to help us for the victory.

‘He did this action and got the penalty. After, you can score or not. It’s not a mistake, it’s one action.

‘The same with Laca. He had good chances, but no problem. Today we create some good chances but today it’s not enough.’

Replays suggested the penalty should have been retaken for encroachment by Vertonghen and Emery hopes the introduction of VAR from next season will clear up such incidents.

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‘Two months ago I said VAR is coming to help the referees,’ he added. ‘Today for me the referees had a big personality, but it’s not enough to make the best decisions in difficult actions in the box.

‘VAR is coming to help them. In 90 minutes if you create chances and score, you can win. ‘I think we played today with a big spirit, tactically we adapted well.’ (Metro)