Mauricio Pochettino has said Arsenal’s celebrations after their north London derby victory prove they respect Tottenham and see them as a big club.
Arsenal went level on points with Spurs and above them on goal difference with a 4-2 win at the Emirates, which led to huge celebrations on the red side of north London.
Tottenham led 2-1 at half-time but failed to build on their advantage after the break, allowing Unai Emery’s side to take the initiative and turn the scoreline around.
But Pochettino thinks the Gunners’ joy at winning says a lot about the way other clubs now view Spurs.
“What that shows first of all is the respect that they have for us,” Pochettino said (via the Telegraph). “When the people celebrate like this, it’s because people respect you and see you as a big club.
“Of course, when we arrived here, the derby was a little bit… well, it was normally Arsenal always above Tottenham. But the last two seasons we were above them and, how they celebrate, you start to see it was a massive win for them.
“For us, it was a massive disappointment but it showed the respect that we got in the last few years with our performances, with our results. Maybe we have still not won a trophy, as the people say, but the respect in the way that we are doing the things – to get the respect is the most important thing.”
Tottenham have finished above Arsenal in each of the last two seasons but have failed to win a trophy during Pochettino’s tenure.
The Argentinian has lost three of his 10 north London derbies since taking over and is set to manage in the fixture for the 11th time later this month in the EFL Cup quarter-final.
Spurs face Southampton in the Premier League at Wembley tonight. Check out our predicted line-up here.