Wenger v Pochettino: The scoreline is 12-12 so far…

Date published: Thursday 16th November 2017 8:23

Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino meet for the tenth time when Arsenal face Tottenham on Sunday. It is five draws and two wins each so far…

 

1) Arsenal 2-0 Southampton (Premier League, November 23 2013)

The scene
Arsenal were top of the Premier League after 11 games, but Southampton were rather surprisingly just two places and three points behind. Saints had lost one game all season under Mauricio Pochettino, with those who called for justice regarding his appointment at the expense of Nigel Adkins the previous January falling rather silent. Arsenal were full strength as they defended their perfect record at home that campaign, while Jos Hooiveld was drafted in by the visitors for the ill Dejan Lovren.

The line-ups
Arsenal (4-2-3-1)
: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Wilshere, Arteta; Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla; Giroud
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Wanyama; Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Rodriguez; Lambert 

The game
Southampton more than held their own, trading blows with their more illustrious opponents both before and after Olivier Giroud’s first-half opener. Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez both went close, while Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere both hit the post. The visitors were undone twice, first due to an individual mistake from Artur Boruc, then five minutes from full-time when Giroud converted from the penalty spot after Jose Fonte pulled Per Mertesacker’s shirt. It was the slowest tussle anyone ever did see.

The key stat
Southampton lost, but had more possession (51%), more shots (10 to Arsenal’s 9) and more corners (6 to 5).

The quotes
Arsene Wenger
: “This win shows we are ready for a fight when it doesn’t go as fluent as we wanted.”

Mauricio Pochettino: “We competed well in Arsenal’s ground, the league leaders. We competed until the last minute and that’s the positive.”

 

2) Southampton 2-2 Arsenal (Premier League, January 28 2014)

The scene
As three months prior, Arsenal were top of the Premier League, this time after 22 games. Southampton had fallen away from the chasing pack, dropping to ninth below Newcastle and David Moyes’ struggling Manchester United. The hosts, who had won two of their previous 11 league games, were forced to hand Sam Gallagher his first-ever Premier League start. Arsenal had won each of their previous five league games.

The line-ups
Southampton (4-2-3-1)
: Boruc; Chambers, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw; Cork, Schneiderlin; Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez; Gallagher
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Arteta, Flamini; Gnabry, Ozil, Cazorla; Giroud

The game
Southampton yet again had the better of Arsenal for large periods, but this time made their positivity pay when Jose Fonte opened the scoring. Arsenal then went ahead early in the second half through Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla – how we miss him – before Adam Lallana equalised two minutes later. Mathieu Flamini, being Mathieu Flamini, was shown a straight red card late on for a two-footed lunge. Arsene Wenger, being Arsene Wenger, described it as a “harsh” decision.

The key stat
Southampton again had more possession (53%), shots (13 to 7) and corners (7 to 5).

The quotes
Mauricio Pochettino
: “I thought the team was outstanding. We were sensational in the first half and did really well. It was total football.”

Arsene Wenger: “We played in second gear and Southampton in fourth. They played at a higher pace than us, decided to stop us from playing and did it very well.”

 

3) Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham (Premier League, September 27 2014)

The scene
Asked to fulfill the unenviable role of following Tim Sherwood, Pochettino endured a difficult start in his first season at Tottenham. Consecutive wins over West Ham and QPR were followed by defeats to Liverpool and West Brom, with a draw against Sunderland sandwiched in between. Arsenal had suffered similar struggles, also winning only two of their opening five games as Chelsea were in the process of storming away with the title, while Southampton and Aston Villa rounded off an eclectic top three. With Harry Kane yet to do all of the goals, Emmanuel Adebayor would return to a reception as warm as frozen dogsh*t.

The line-ups
Arsenal (4-2-3-1)
: Szczesny; Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Ramsey, Arteta; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Ozil; Welbeck
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Mason, Capoue; Lamela, Chadli, Eriksen; Adebayor

The game
Even with Alexis Sanchez dropped to the bench, Arsenal were dominant. That Younes Kaboul was man-of-the-match tells its own story, Mesut Ozil pulling the strings at the Emirates Stadium. And yet Arsenal had to come from behind when Nacer Chadli opened the scoring against the run of play. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the unlikely hero with 15 minutes to play as both sides had to settle for a point. It was only the second time in nine meetings that a Wenger-managed side boasted more possession than a Pochettino-led one.

The key stat
This was the only goal Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored in 52 Premier League games from February 2014 to February 2016.

The quotes
Arsene Wenger
: “I am frustrated because we dropped two points. You want to be rewarded for the work you put in.”

Mauricio Pochettino: “Maybe Arsenal controlled the game and had the ball more than us but we played well and defended well.”

 

4) Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal (Premier League, February 7 2015)

The scene
With Harry Kane now firmly in the squad and firmly doing all the goals – 10 in 14 league games, and 20 in 31 overall – Tottenham had found some form. Six wins in eight lifted them up to sixth, but only two points behind Arsenal and eight behind second-placed Manchester City. Arsenal, meanwhile, had renewed impetus from their impressive 2-0 win over City the previous month, one founded on a more steely, defensive, counter-attacking performance than usual against a fellow title contender. Would they employ similar tactics at White Hart Lane?

The line-ups
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason; Lamela, Dembele, Eriksen; Kane
Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Ospina; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin; Welbeck, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil; Giroud

The game
A star was born. As aforementioned, Kane was establishing himself in the Tottenham first team at the turn of 2015, but two goals in a north London derby victory was his most impressive feat yet. Mesut Ozil had given Arsenal the lead after 11 minutes, and the Gunners sought to deploy their new-found counter-attacking skills once more. But the hosts drew level through Kane, who then headed the winner with four minutes to go. It was Tottenham’s first win over Arsenal in five games, and Pochettino’s first ever over Wenger.

The key stat
Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason had more shots combined (8) than Arsenal (7).

The quotes
Mauricio Pochettino
: “I think this is special. We played with our brain, but showed passion and emotion. It’s special for our supporters.”

Arsene Wenger: “They created more chances and, overall, we cannot dispute too much that they won the game. We were not very good and the referee was at our level.”

 

5) Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal (League Cup, September 23 2015)

The scene
In a League Cup third-round draw that also featured Chelsea hammering Walsall, Manchester United easing past Ipswich and Liverpool edging Carlisle on penalties, this was the undoubted showcase fixture. Oh, and Aston Villa beating Birmingham thanks to Tim Sherwood’s brilliant masterplan. Never forget that.

The line-ups
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Vorm; Trippier, Fazio, Wimmer, Rose; Carroll, Dier; Townsend, Eriksen, Chadli; Kane
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Gibbs; Arteta, Flamini; Campbell, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Giroud

The game
Mathieu Flamini scored twice, either side of a Calum Chambers own goal, to really kickstart Pochettino’s recent love affair with the League Cup. Tom Carroll, Joel Campbell, Federico Fazio, Kieran Gibbs and Andros Townsend are delightful relics of north London’s past just over two years later, mind.

The key stat
In 400 games throughout his career, this was the only time Flamini scored more than one goal in a single fixture.

The quotes
Mauricio Pochettino
: “Yes, we and our supporters will feel very bad, when you play against your sporting enemy you want to win more, but this is football.”

Arsene Wenger: “Overall we responded well mentally and physically to the challenge we faced and it was a convincing performance.”

 

6) Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham (Premier League, November 8 2015)

The scene
With their ignominious League Cup meeting two months prior now a distant memory, Arsenal and Tottenham both met in November 2015 with designs on a top-four place. Five points separated the top seven at this stage, with both north London clubs mired in the battle. Arsenal were level on points with Manchester City and unlikely frontrunners Leicester, while Tottenham’s only defeat came against Manchester United on the opening day. They had just beaten Anderlecht in the Europa League, while Arsenal had been thrashed 5-1 by Bayern Munich.

The line-ups
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Cazorla, Coquelin; Campbell, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Dier; Eriksen, Alli, Lamela; Kane

The game
Fresh from their humbling in Munich, Arsenal started slowly and went behind when Kane collected Danny Rose’s pass to continue his fine derby record. But the Gunners battled back and eventually recovered to gain level footing, with predictable goalscorer Kieran Gibbs salvaging a point. It was a fine performance from Ozil, who created history by becoming the first ever player to contribute an assist in six consecutive Premier League games in the same season, and the first to assist ten goals in the opening 11 games of a season.

The key stat
Tottenham ran a collective 7km further than Arsenal.

The quotes
Arsene Wenger
: “In the second half we showed the mental strength of a side determined not to lose the game. In the end I think it’s a good 1-1.”

Mauricio Pochettino: “We need to show we are maturing. The level we have today is good, we need to show more and to improve.”

 

7) Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal (Premier League, March 5 2016)

The scene
Nobody does an implosion quite like Arsenal. Within a fortnight in early 2016 they drew their FA Cup fifth-round tie with Hull, lost 2-0 at home to Barcelona in the Champions League, and had been slain first by Marcus Rashford’s Manchester United then Swansea in the Premier League. Their prospects in three competitions had been dented, if not destroyed. And they had even fallen behind Tottenham in the league. The shame.

The line-ups
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dembele, Dier; Eriksen, Lamela, Alli; Kane
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs; Coquelin, Elneny; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Welbeck

The game
Arsenal threatened to do an Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey flicked the visitors into a first-half lead, but Francis Coquelin’s second-half brainfart left them with a mountain to climb, or at the very least a challenge to stay atop of said mountain. Within seven minutes of Coquelin’s red card, Tottenham had taken a 2-1 lead through Toby Alderweireld and a ridiculous Harry Kane goal. Only Alexis Sanchez could rescue a draw, and Arsenal emerged with a few scratches, but with their egos intact.

The key stat
David Ospina made nine saves – the most of any Arsenal goalkeeper in a Premier League match since April 2009.

The quotes
Mauricio Pochettino
: “We were poor. Our players know and we’re very disappointed. If you analyse the 90 minutes, one team was the best and it was Tottenham.”

Arsene Wenger: “We refused to lose the game. We have big regrets because I couldn’t see at 11 against 11 how we could drop points today.”

 

8) Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham (Premier League, November 6 2016)

The scene
After Harry Kane was ruled out with a knee injury in September, Tottenham tried to put a brave face on it. But in eight games without their leading striker, Spurs won just three, scoring seven goals. They had not won any of their last six games before travelling to the Emirates Stadium in November, yet were still the final remaining unbeaten team in the Premier League. Arsenal were duly installed as favourites. They had gone 15 games unbeaten since the opening-day defeat to Liverpool, and were third with a game in hand.

The line-ups
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Coquelin; Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi; Sanchez
Tottenham (5-2-1-2): Lloris; Walker, Vertonghen, Wimmer, Dier, Rose; Dembele, Wanyama; Eriksen; Son, Kane

The game
Though the formation is now synonymous with the club, Tottenham used a five/three-man defence for only the second time in Pochettino’s tenure. Injuries to Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli restricted their options, while Kane was risked from the start. It was the England striker who drew Spurs level after Kevin Wimmer’s first-half own goal however. The draw was a fair result in a game dominated by Mousa Dembele.

The key stats
Mauricio Pochettino became the first ever Tottenham manager to remain unbeaten in his first five top-flight north London derbies.

The quotes
Arsene Wenger
: “Spurs go home happy, we go home and are not happy. We wanted to win the game, but overall it is not mathematically a disaster.”

Mauricio Pochettino: “It was a strong performance from my team. Arsenal were on a good run, our players deserve full credit, they were fantastic.”

 

9) Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal (Premier League, April 30 2017)

The scene
The final north London derby at White Hart Lane would be Tottenham’s penultimate game at their famous home. Pochettino had overseen 17 league games without home defeat that season, with the final two tests coming against Arsenal and Manchester United. But there was plenty on the line for both sides: Spurs were four points behind leaders Chelsea, and Arsenal were five off fourth-placed Manchester City.

The line-ups
Tottenham (4-2-2-2): Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Wanyama; Eriksen, Alli; Son, Kane
Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech; Monreal, Gabriel, Koscielny; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka, Ramsey, Gibbs; Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud

The game
The stakes were high, but the level of competition was low. The first half was something of a write-off, but by full-time this was little more than a procession. Dele Alli and Harry Kane struck in three second-half minutes, and only the magnificence of Petr Cech kept the scoreline respectable. It was Tottenham’s ninth win in a row, and Arsenal’s sixth defeat in 11. Victory confirmed that Spurs would finish above their bitter rivals for the first time since 1995.

The key stats
Harry Kane had more shots on target (5) than Arsenal (4).

The quotes
Mauricio Pochettino
: “To be above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years is fantastic for our fans. It is fantastic for us too, but we want to win the title.”

Arsene Wenger: “We did lose the game in a very quick space of time, and after that it took us time to recover. Spurs deserved to win, we have to accept that and analyse it.”

 

Matt Stead

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