Mauricio Pochettino: 'Arsene Wenger the last of his kind'

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The England global will be looking to score his 23rd Premier League goal of the season during this weekend's north London derby against bitter rivals Arsenal.

Spurs now find themselves sitting just outside the top four, in fifth place, with just two points separating them and third-placed Liverpool.

Given the high stakes amid the fight for local bragging rights, the crowd of over 80,000 are certain to make it a frenzied occasion.

"I don't encourage my players to dive".

And, with new boys Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan making their maiden north London derby appearances and Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli in the midst of a diving storm, the Arsenal manager cautioned his players to stay focused. We were disciplined, we pressed them, we were first to every ball, strong in our tackles and we isolated Kane from the game which made them look toothless.

"It is always a game that is charged emotionally".

His arrival at Spurs will add undoubted quality and strength in depth to Spurs' forward and is likely to play a major role in helping Pochettino's men secure Champions League football for next campaign.

Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, said this week that he would rather face Spurs at Wembley than at their former White Hart Lane ground, but Pochettino insisted his team have now adapted to their temporary home. And when Tottenham and Arsenal will lock horns at Wembley on Saturday, it will be another massive game in the history of the rivalry. They might've struggled at the same pitch against the likes of Brighton, Burnley, Swansea and West Brom, but they find it tough to break these sides down because of the way they defended and refused to make it an open game.

That's the reason why sides like Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Manchester United have already taken a battering against Spurs at Wembley.

Wenger will decide today whether to play Petr Cech or David Ospina in goal as the Czech continues to recover from a calf injury that led to his substitution in last Saturday's 5-1 win over Everton.

Mauricio Pochettino's side are unbeaten in eight league games but have drawn three of the last five.

I wonder if the players will rise up to the occasion, because far too often away from home we've looked like we don't care and our away results at the big 6 aren't all that pretty.

The Gunners manager also said that the decision making is up to the referees but admitted also that it can be very hard to give a decision at that rapid pace. That has to start on Saturday with a win over Tottenham.

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