Tottenham vs Arsenal: Mauricio Pochettino Makes Big Arsene Wenger Claim Ahead of Derby

TOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino admits he does not see himself replicating Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger.

Wenger is the longest serving manager in the Premier League, spending over 21 years in charge at Arsenal.

During that time the Frenchman has won three league titles, seven FA Cups, seven Community Shields and guided the Gunners to the 2005/06 Champions League final.

But Pochettino believes English football has lost the “unique” culture of respect that Arsenal have shown to Wenger since he arrived in 1996.

The Argentinian became Tottenham manger in 2014 but is yet to guide Spurs to a piece of silverware.

“It’s difficult [to be like Wenger],” Pochettino said ahead of tomorrow’s derby showdown.

“For different reasons, it is tough. Maybe we are talking about one of the last managers to be able to apply this power over everything in a football club.

“The owners are different these days. Before, England was a little bit of a paradise for football.

“It was unique: there was respect for projects, for people, respect for managers, and even when I arrived at Southampton five years ago, it was still there.

“But now the owners are different. When English football started to integrate more with European football, England started to share the Latin culture more.

“And in the last few years, everything that has happened in the English game is similar to what would happen in another European country.”

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