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Petit: Pochettino could become the ‘Wenger of Spurs’

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Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit predicts that Mauricio Pochettino can become the “Arsene Wenger of Spurs” if he chooses to remain at the club.

The Argentine coach has impressed greatly at Tottenham in the past four years by turning them into regular top-four finishers in the Premier League, despite their limited resources.

Pochettino’s exploits haven’t gone unnoticed across Europe either with Real Madrid having been strongly linked to him for most of the past year.

More recently, Manchester United have emerged as another potential destination for Pochettino with the Red Devils refusing to confirm whether they will take on caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer permanently for next season.

But Petit thinks Pochettino could have a similar legacy to what his former boss Wenger has at Arsenal if he decides to stick it out at Spurs.

Although the ex-French midfielder accepts that winning silverware is a must.

“A lot of questions have been asked about Mauricio Pochettino’s future,” Petit told PaddyPower.

“For everything he has achieved at Spurs, he needs to win the title or some major silverware – they need something to reward the work he’s done.

“If nothing happens in that regard by the end of the season, it will be very difficult to motivate the same group of players.

“It could be the end of something – maybe that’s the manager leaving the club or several new players coming into the squad.

“I’m a big fan of Pochettino – the way he manages and the way his teams play – and he could be the Arsene Wenger of Spurs.

“But if he’s thinking about a new challenge, he knows the rumours about Real Madrid and Man United and that one day he may end managing a club that size. If he wins something this season, however, maybe that will be the turning point for him.”

The last time Spurs won any silverware themselves came in the 2008 EFL Cup, where they defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the final.

Currently, Pochettino is preparing his Spurs team for the north London derby today against Arsenal at Wembley and will be hoping for victory on his 47th birthday today with kick-off set for 1:30 PM (CET).

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