LUCAS MOURA intends to show Unai Emery exactly what he missed out on at Paris Saint-Germain.
The duo will be reunited at Sunday’s North London derby at the Emirates.
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Their time together in the French capital came to an end after Arsenal boss Emery left the Brazilian out of his team and the star switched to Tottenham.
Moura said: “I don’t know why I was left out. Sometimes it happens. It’s something we cannot explain – why it happens. I cannot explain to you. I don’t know why. But now I am happy here.
“I did five years at PSG in which I won a lot of trophies. I was very happy there and now, I think it’s a new chapter in my life, a new challenge. The most important is that I am happy here.
“I forget the last five or six months that I had at PSG. And I like to think about the four years when I was very happy there and I won a lot of trophies.
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“The last year was to learn and to grow up. Now I think I am a player more experienced and more strong. I believe in my talent, my quality and I will try to show it to him for Spurs. To enjoy the life because I love to play football.”
Moura, 26, was brought up on the mean streets of Sao Paulo where he saw friends killed, but found a sanctuary in the city’s football team.
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He looked set to join Manchester United before PSG snapped him up for £38m in August 2012. He moved to the club the following January and helped them to win four league titles before falling out of favour with Emery.
But Moura has no hard feelings, insisting: “No. I need to respect the decision of the coach. I know that it’s difficult for him because he needs to choose 11 players to play. I don’t like to look behind. I like to look forward to what I can do, what I can win. I have nothing against Unai, I respect him, he is a very good coach.”
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Moura joined Tottenham for £25m in January. Emery followed him across the Channel in the summer to take over at Arsenal.
The Spaniard has made a decent start at the Gunners. They sit fifth in the table, five points behind Tottenham in third.
Sunday will be Emery’s first North London derby and no one in the visiting dressing room knows the Spaniard’s qualities better.
Moura said: “It’s difficult to explain in English. I don’t know how to use the words but he is a person who loves football, he loves to work and he tries to show it for the players.
“I don’t know how to explain to you. It’s difficult for me to speak about him. I respect him. The first year with him I played a lot. The second year I didn’t play but it’s OK. It’s how I said – I need to respect the decision of the coach.”