Arsene Wenger counsels Tottenham on how to win silverware
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has advised Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino that they must overcome the ‘fear’ of not winning a trophy if they are to earn silverware in the future.
Wenger, who has three Premier League titles, and seven FA Cups with Arsenal, has an unbeaten record at home against their neighbours for the last seven years.
Ahead of Saturday’s north London derby at the Emirates Stadium, Wenger has offered words of advice to the Argentinian.
Asked how he got over the line to deliver his first trophy as a manager, Wenger replied: “By keeping your nerves and getting the players to focus on what is important.
“At some stages, by fighting a little bit against your inhibitions – the fear that you won’t get over the line. Basically you need to focus on what is important and not focus on the trophy too much.”
The 68-year-old added that he is solely concerned on getting Arsenal back both into the title picture and the Champions League.
“I was always more focused on finishing in the Champions League,” he said.
“When we had less resources financially I knew that we needed the money to pay the stadium back, so I was more focused on that than on Tottenham. I was never too focused on Tottenham.
“Today, people always take one situation and it is permanent. The judgement is definite, permanent and forever.
“It is down to us to change the opinions of people with our performances, I cannot say much more. If they have a perception like that they have a perception like that but how can you respond? Not by me talking here, we need to show on Saturday that it’s not true.”