Tottenham must beat trophy fear – Wenger

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Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger has not lost at home to Tottenham in seven years

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino that they must overcome the “fear” of failure if they
are to land silverware in the future.

Tottenham have improved since Pochettino
became manager at White Hart Lane
in 2014. Spurs finished second in
the Premier League last season and
above Arsenal for the first time
during Wenger’s 21-year reign.

But despite their improvement the White Hart Lane club have not been able to win
a trophy since the League Cup in
2008.

Ahead of Saturday’s derby clash at the Emirates Wenger has offered some words of advice to his
Argentinian counterpart.

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When the Frenchman was asked how he got over the line to
deliver his first trophy as a manager, he replied: “By keeping your
nerves and getting the players to
focus on what is important. At some stages, by fighting a little
bit against your inhibitions – the fear
that you won’t get over the line.

“Basically you need to focus on what
is important and not focus on the
trophy too much.” But the 68-year-old is not
concerned by suggestions that they
are now a weaker side than their
north London neighbours and says
his focus has always been on his
own side’s fortunes.

He said: “I was always more focused on
finishing in the Champions League. When we had less resources
financially I knew that we needed the
money to pay the stadium back, so I
was more focused on that than on
Tottenham.

“I was never too focused
on Tottenham. Today, people always take one
situation and it is permanent. The
judgement is definite, permanent and
forever. It is down to us to change the
opinions of people with our
performances, I cannot say much
more. If they have a perception like
that they have a perception like that
but how can you respond? Not by
me talking here, we need to show on
Saturday that it’s not true.”

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