FA Cup finalists Watford were already shorn of the man who helped book their place at Wembley against Manchester City next month as Gerard Deulofeu missed out through injury and Javi Gracia's side did themselves little favours early on.
Gracia gave his players three days off following their semi-final exertions but he has no intention of rotating his squad for Premier League duty with seventh spot still up for grabs. I respect the decision from the referee.
"I can't understand how these things are happening, but I can't have control over these things".
"I am really disappointed about that", he said.
Since then, Emery has kept Arsenal in the race for a top-four finish while also guiding them to the Europa League quarter-finals.
During the 2018-19 season, the 30-year-old has been a key figure for Spurs at the back having played 29 league games already but as of now, there are no signs that Daniel Levy's club will be handing him a new deal during the summer.
Some may question what is the point about writing about a player rumoured to be wanted by Arsenal but very unlikely to sign for us but we can not ignore this particular rumour, not when it involves a Tottenham player.
"I am very proud of my players", he said. "All of them are focused on the next game".
"We did many things well, from the beginning the game was hard for us". 'I continued speaking with him about doing something very important in the last matches here in two competitions that are very important for us.
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Against Arsenal, Gracia will go up against his former Real Sociedad teammate Unai Emery.