‘It is a new era in Arsenal’: Mauricio Pochettino backs Unai Emery to bring success to the Emirates

‘It is a new era in Arsenal’: Mauricio Pochettino backs close friend Unai Emery to bring success ahead of the north London derby

  • Arsenal face Tottenham in the first north London derby since Arsene Wenger left
  • Bosses Mauricio Pochettino and Unai Emery maitain a close friendship 
  • Pochettino believes Emery will prove a great success at the Emirates Stadium 

Matt Barlow for MailOnline

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino predicted a bright future for North London rivals Arsenal under Unai Emery.

The two managers are close friends and are preparing to meet in the first derby since the end of Arsene Wenger’s 22 years on the red side of the divide.

‘He is a completely different manager and person compared to Wenger,’ said Pochettino. 

Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger as Arsenal coach in the summer after 22 years at the club

Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger as Arsenal coach in the summer after 22 years at the club

‘Wenger is one of the greatest managers ever in history of football but it is a new era in Arsenal and always with a new manager comes new ideas and new ways to do things.

‘It is a completely different culture with a Spanish manager and it will be tough for us. They have made a good start in the Premier League, and Europa League, they sign good players, the squad has quality.’

Their friendship started when Emery recommended Pochettino for the manager’s job at Valencia.

‘That was true, and I called him to say thank you,’ said the Spurs boss. ‘I am so grateful. It made me happy that a colleague like Unai would recommend you to another team.

‘We have faced each other in Spain and always will have a very good personal relationship. He is an unbelievable manager. He shows this at different clubs in Europe.’

Pochettino backed his friend to prove a great success at Arsenal despite their rivalry

Pochettino backed his friend to prove a great success at Arsenal despite their rivalry

Tottenham go to the Emirates in third place, full of confidence after six wins in a row. Arsenal, only three points behind their neighbours, are unbeaten in 18 games in all competitions, a run stretching back to August.

‘Our mentality is good,’ said Pochettino. ‘Now, it’s about doing the job. We have the belief and that’s the most important. With the belief you can beat any team. Then the performance can be good or not so good. You can be lucky or not. But with the right mentality all is possible.

‘We are in a very good position. If you consider at the same stage last season, we had six points less. We improved a lot from last season. We are closer to the top.

‘I cannot say we’re a contender for the title. Man City in a different level. Liverpool and Chelsea the same. Man United and Arsenal made more investment than us. They need to be the contenders. They are the contenders more than us. But we are there.

‘If we are capable to be in a good position in the last few months we are going to try. All is possible if you have belief and faith.’

Spurs will be without Erik Lamela at Arsenal. Lamela suffered a thigh injury against Inter Milan. Mousa Dembele, Davinson Sanchez, Kieran Trippier and Victor Wanyama are also out. 

 



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