Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal: Pick your combined north London XI
Feb 09 2018
Pochettino said on Tuesday that "tricking" an opponent was now part of the game but, while he believes he knows what the Argentinian was getting at, Wenger went on to point the finger at home-grown players. Simulation in the Premier League is often blamed on players arriving from leagues across the world but it could well be that English players have been getting away with some playacting over the years. But if you look at the situation, I think when sometimes you do not want to provoke a dive as well. All strikers will do that.
The Spurs boss was certainly not making excuses for his stance after being informed of Wenger's words.
Aubameyang starred and scored on his Premier League debut against Everton, while Lacazette sat on the bench, but Wenger is not particularly anxious about his compatriot's mindset after getting dropped. Instead of tiring themselves out with a constant high press, Liverpool retreated slightly and looked to play on the counter. Try to not cheat, but trick the opponent in a good way. I am working like I am going to be here forever.
"It's not (right) to talk generally or focus on one country or nationality. I am not surprised about that because I find that absolutely normal".
England midfielder Paul Gascoigne scored a stunning goal as Tottenham outclassed Arsenal in the first FA Cup semi-final to be played at Wembley.
"It is more important for us to come back mathematically than it is emotionally-charged".
"We have to get the diving out of the game", the Frenchman told a news conference on Thursday.
"Of course Wembley is a pitch that is quality, a stadium with a big crowd and it is always a special day in your mind so overall, yes". However, Everton made this game very easy for the hosts. You have not to let the emotions take over.
As for Tottenham, the onus will likely be on them to take the game to Arsenal with home advantage on their side, as well as the fact they are favourites to take the three points this weekend.
A fearless new era at Arsenal was ushered in on Saturday when Henrikh Mkhitaryan played in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to put them 4-0 up against Everton.
The pair enjoyed comfortable home debuts in last weekend's 5-1 rout of Everton but their local rivals are sure to provide tougher opposition as the two teams continue their bids for Champions League qualification.
As team-mates at Dortmund, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan racked up 121 goals and 80 assists between 2013-2016 and Wenger said it's like the pair have been at the club for years. "They are quick and overall it was a first convincing performance".