Wenger’s dig at Pochettino over Tottenham book

Date published: Saturday 18th November 2017 9:23

Arsene Wenger has no intention of following in the footsteps of Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino by writing a book during his managerial career.

The Arsenal boss also said he has enough experience as a manager that means he does not need to take any advice from Pochettino’s volume.

Pochettino has been answering questions about certain revelations from his book since its release.

But he will not find a copy in any corner of the Emirates Stadium when he takes his Spurs side on the short journey for Saturday’s north London derby.

When asked if he had read Pochettino’s book, Wenger said: “No, because I have no time, not because it is not interesting. Because I have a good experience of managing.

“Look, I have nothing against it. I am open-minded to it. But I have not much time in my schedule.”

Wenger, 68, has had books written about him but has never put anything down in his own words.

He insists that is because the truth cannot be revealed while he is still serving as a manager and that he would much rather publish his memoirs when he has retired.

Asked if he would consider writing a book during his career, Wenger said: “Not at the moment.

“Because I don’t like to talk and not tell the truth. As long as you are in work, you cannot really tell what is going on. Just to sell a book?

“I have no interest. If it is to tell really what I think about the game and what I think about some aspects of our game, I will do it but at the moment it is impossible.”

Pochettino guided Tottenham to second place in the Premier League last season as they finished above Arsenal for the first time in Wenger’s 21-year reign.

The Gunners finished 11 points adrift of their neighbours, down in sixth.

And Wenger insists it is their own failings in the league which Arsenal want to right this season – rather than worry about which north London club are considered dominant.

He was asked if the emergence of Spurs as a genuine title challenger gave him more motivation to win Saturday’s derby.

“The target is not to compare to Tottenham,” Wenger said.

“To finish outside the top four was a big disappointment, because it was the first time in the history of the Premier League that with 75 points you don’t finish in the top four.”

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