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Mauricio Pochettino jokes that he would love ‘to kick’ Arsenal legend Paul Merson

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino this afternoon singled former Arsenal star Paul Merson out as a player whom he would love to play against, so he could ‘kick’ the Sky Sports pundit ‘with all his love’.

Spurs downed by Magpies

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are set to travel to the Emirates on Sunday evening, hoping for an immediate bounce-back performance.

The capital giants followed their morale-boosting 2-2 draw at champions Manchester City two weeks ago with a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle last weekend.

Joelinton bagged the only goal of the clash in north London, slotting home at Hugo Lloris’ near post just past the half-hour mark.

As such, now sitting a full 5 points off the pace set by table-toppers Liverpool with just 3 games played, a defeat for Spurs versus their arch rivals this weekend would prove a hammer blow.

‘I kick with all my love’

Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, held his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s trip to the Emirates this afternoon.

The Argentine tactician was drawn on a whole host of topics, but one in particular has since piqued the attention of both Tottenham and Arsenal’s respective fanbases.

Pochettino was asked by a member of the press whether there is one Gunners star, past or present, whom he would like to either play alongside, or coach.

Spurs’ boss, however, instead opted to single out a former Arsenal man that he would like to play against, with a specific goal in mind:

‘Maybe play against? Yes, I want to play against Paul Merson, to kick him. I kick with all my love.’

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