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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino defended by Arsene Wenger, who compares struggles to Arsenal reign

Arsene Wenger has come to the defence of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and drawn parallels to his time at Arsenal.

Spurs have been hammered at home by Bayern Munich and humiliated at Brighton in the past week and, for the first time in his five-year reign, Pochettino’s position is under scrutiny.

Wenger has spoke out in defence of Pochettino
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However, Wenger, who led Arsenal to three Premier League titles, has heaped praise on the job the Argentine has done in north London.

“I think he has done very well, which everybody acknowledges,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS.

“I experienced that at Arsenal. We were twenty consecutive years in the top four but in the end it was not enough anymore.

“Today if you get into the Champions League people are very happy.

“That’s happened to Pochettino, when you have been somewhere for four or five years, you have to show people you can give more – he is at that stage.”

Wenger spent 22 years in charge of The Gunners before leaving in 2018 and would often find himself under constant scrutiny.

The Frenchman feels the ethos within the squad is not the same, with several big-name players failing to perform.

“When I played them two or three years ago they looked like a young hungry team who had found a good strength and a good core, with people who were growing together inside the club, and players from outside who are vital like [Christian] Eriksen.

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“Today, you don’t feel exactly the same chemistry, and a player like Eriksen is a bit sidelined because he looks like he doesn’t want to commit his future at the club.

“Modern life is down to small margins, and at the moment this small margins are not in their favour.

“Will they get that back? Because if you look at Tottenham in the Premier League they lost 13 games last year but they’ve done extremely well in the Champions League and came close to winning it.

“It’s down to small margins.

“Your real quality is always where you finish in the table. So the real trend is there.”



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