Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he would like to ask former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger whether he regrets staying at the club for so long, especially with the Frenchman forced to function with financial constraints due to building a new stadium.
Pochettino who himself is operating under a limited budget due to Spurs building a new stadium, believes that he can see parallels between the two situations despite making Tottenham into one of the best teams in the Premier League.
The Argentinian has overseen a massive change in the way the club is seen on the world stage but has faced criticism for his lack of silverware at north London.
“I have massive, huge respect for Arsene Wenger because when you talk about 22 years in charge of a club like Arsenal and all that happened in that period, you need to be so good — not only a fantastic coach but a great human being to display the values you have,” Pochettino said as quoted by ESPN.
“It’s amazing. That is why it’s a little bit sad the way he finished in his club. All that Arsene Wenger gave for Arsenal, to finish in the way he finished, yes, it was a completely unfair. For me, it’s an amazing recognition about his work. Only I hope, if I have one day the opportunity to talk with him, to ask, ‘Was it worth it to do?’ I don’t know what he would say.”
Wenger was unable to add to his trio of league titles after the Emirates Stadium opened in 2006, but did ensure that the club finished in the top-four during his time while also winning the FA Cup on numerous occasions.
Pochettino is yet to win a trophy of note with Spurs and with Real Madrid and Manchester United reportedly interested in his services, it will be interesting to see what his future holds.