In recent years the complexion of the north London Derby has changed since Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival at Tottenham.
The last Premier League away win in the north London Derby was in March 2014, a 0-1 Arsenal win over Spurs at White Hart Lane. That was also the last North London Derby without Mauricio Pochettino commanding the sidelines for Tottenham Hotspur. Since the Argentinian’s arrival, there have been a dozen North London Derbies.
Pochettino Era of the North London Derby
Tottenham have won four of the 12 matches between Spurs and the Gunners since Pochettino was appointed. Arsenal have won three and three have ended as stalemates. That is a major improvement for Spurs, considering they had won five of the previous 24 meetings prior to Pochettino taking over.
Of the nine Tottenham victories in the last 36 matches versus Arsenal, Pochettino has orchestrated nearly half of them. Of Arsenal’s 11 victories the last 24 meetings, only three have occurred since Pochettino’s arrival.
Further change in the rivalry has come with the second season of the Unai Emery regime at the Emirates, following the long reign of Arsne Wenger. Last year provided the first glimpse of the new Pochettino versus Emery version of the derby, which produced a win for both sides and a draw. So what happened last year and what does it mean for this year?