Pochettino delivers huge dig at Arsenal failure to agree deals
By Harry Sykes
Mauricio Pochettino has aimed a dig at Arsenal for failing to secure their key players to new contracts.
The Tottenham manager suggested the Gunners key men are not happy enough at the club to commit their long-term futures to the club.
Arsenal go into the festive period with uncertainty hanging over the futures of star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, who are both out of contract in the summer of 2018.
Manager Arsene Wenger has admitted the club are trying to tie the attacking pair to new deals but they have yet to put pen to paper.
By contrast, Tottenham have been active in recent months securing their senior players to extensions, with Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm this week following Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen in signing new contracts.
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When asked why there was such a difference in the way the north London rivals have carried out contract extensions, Pochettino said, as quoted by the Times: “The players are happy to be here. Maybe you can find the answer on this pitch. They agree with our philosophy.”
Tottenham are one point behind Arsenal heading into the festive period after Pochettino’s side won their last two matches to coincide with consecutive defeats for Wenger’s men.
Fourth-placed Arsenal have 34 points after 17 matches, while Tottenham, in fifth, have 33 points from the same number of games to leave both clubs well adrift of leaders Chelsea, who have 43 points.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Pochettino has given the green light for three players to quit Spurs in the January window.