Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he does not know whether Arsenal are stronger or whether they have been weakened by their activity in the January transfer market.
The Gunners saw regular first team stars Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud depart for rivals Manchester United and Chelsea respectively, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan swapping places with the Chilean and Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang arriving from Borussia Dortmund after an elongated pursuit.
With just two appearances for the winger and the striker’s debut under their belts for Arsene Wenger’s side so far, Pochettino says he is confused over where they stand in comparison to before January, but insists they will put up a tough challenge in Saturday’s north London derby at Wembley.
He told Sky Sports: “I cannot say if they look stronger or not.
“I think they swap players with Manchester United – Alexis moved to Manchester, Mkhitaryan came to Arsenal, Giroud moved to Chelsea, Arsenal bought Aubameyang – four great players.
“I think Arsenal will be tough to play because they have good quality, talented players and are one of the best teams in the Premier League.
“And it is the derby and that will be tough for both teams. It is always special, when you play the derby.”
Pochettino only saw one new face through the door at the club’s temporary home of Wembley, with Lucas Moura arriving from PSG on deadline day, and he has revealed the Brazilian will have to undergo late tests to judge whether he is fit enough to take part in Saturday’s derby.
Arsenal came out on top in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign, with Shkodran Mustafi and the now-departed Sanchez netting the goals, although they still find themselves four points behind fifth placed Spurs in the league table.
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