Emiliano Martinez challenges Arsenal squad to finish above Spurs after derby defeat

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Martinez says finishing above Spurs is vital (Picture: Getty Images)

Emiliano Martinez says Arsenal must finish above Spurs this season after losing the north London derby 2-1 on Sunday.

Mikel Arteta’s side slipped to their third defeat since the restart with defensive errors once again proving to be the crux of their issues.

After Alexandre Lacazette’s opener, Sead Kolasinac’s wayward pass gifted Heung-Min Son an equaliser, while Kieran Tierney switched off from a corner to allow Toby Alderweireld to score the winner for Jose Mourinho’s side.

The loss means Spurs go above the Gunners in the Premier League table and Martinez insists they must do everything in their power to overtake their bitter rivals.

‘Every season we try to finish above them, Martinez told The Evening Standard. ‘We need to make sure we finish above them.

‘Our target is Europe, that is the reality. We are going to try and give our best against Liverpool [on Wednesday] and reach the FA Cup Final.

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Martinez feels sorry for the Arsenal fans (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We didn’t start like the manager wanted, we were giving the ball away for no reason.

‘As time was going on we started playing well, we controlled the midfield and we outplayed them. I feel sorry for the supporters because we know what it means for them.

Martinez has done a stellar job of filling in for No.1 stopper Bernd Leno, but, his seven saves against Spurs weren’t enough to stop his side being beaten.

And the Argentinian, who has been at the club for 10 years, knows exactly how much that defeat would have hurt the Arsenal fans.

‘I am not proud at all, I hate losing,’ Martinez added.

‘I know what it means to supporters, we made two silly mistakes with the goals and we have gave them two chances. It is what it is.

‘We completely outplayed them in the second-half, when we play that well we need to score goals.

‘I thought we created chances but not enough to score. Auba had a great chance and then Hugo [Lloris] made a great save. We have to put them in.’

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