Pochettino: A different north London derby without Wenger.


Spurs boss knows they'll face a 'tough' Arsenal side under Emery.


The north London derby won't be the same without Arsenal Wenger, says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

This will be the first north London derby in 22 years that Wenger won't be participating in, as Unai Emery's Gunners host the Lilywhites on Sunday.

Pochettino and Emery faced off seven times in La Liga, with Emery winning four of those encounters – though Pochettino claimed a 4-0 victory in their last meeting – and became good friends away from the pitch, reports the Metro.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of the crunch clash, the Argentine said: “It will be so different. Now we are going to face a good friend in Unai Emery. It will be strange but when we start the game we are going to compete.


“We always had a fantastic relationship when we faced each other in Spain. I wish him all the best here at Arsenal, after our game of course!”

He added: “This is my fifth season here so I understand completely what it means. In the last few seasons we have increased the level against the London clubs.

“But, of course, Arsenal is special and it is important to be ready with the right mentality.

“Arsenal have a great manager now and it will be so tough to play.”

Spurs will be without a number of players for their visit to the Emirates.

Kieron Tripper [groin], Victor Wanyama [knee], Mousa Dembele [ankle] and Davinson Sanchez [hamstring] will miss the game.

Erik Lamela has a chance as he is being assessed after injuring his thigh against Inter Milan on Wednesday.

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