"Yeah, we need to have a win, and I think we have to recover very well now for Wednesday's game and do everything to win this game".
"But we were speaking and we need to take the opportunity like today, these three points".
They could close the gap further still by completing a league double over Spurs - and Emery admits reducing the distance to just a solitary point will be a motivating factor.
"The second goal was a terrible mistake where we don't have to take such a risk", a rather downcast Saints manager Ralph Hassenhuettl told reporters. There was a swagger to his walk - shoulders back, head raised - as the supporters in the far corner of the Emirates rose to serenade the man they simply can not help but love.
'At the moment Tottenham are better than us in the table and it is hard to win there so it will be a great test for us'.
"We work like we did in the last matches with intensity".
Despite that, Emery would not be drawn on if the pair would retain their places against Tottenham.
"I'm very happy because the players worked a lot, and we decided to make some changes to bring in new players, to keep up the energy". The season is not done, we still have lots of games to play.
"(Southampton) have very fast players like Redmond, and they created good chances.
Looking up at the stands, Ozil applauded the fans and tapped the Arsenal badge on his chest. It is good for the team and for this moment.
Prediction: Arsenal has looked better as of late, and should have too much firepower for Bournemouth going forward.
'But that mindset takes away ownership of what we delivered with our own team.
"We will not kid ourselves and our analysis has to be that it was not acceptable".