Manchester United are reportedly interested in appointing Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager. Should Arsenal be worried?
The Argentine is undoubtedly a phenomenal manager. He transformed Tottenham Hotspur into a really competitive side and although he didn’t manage to win a trophy there, his time in North London is regarded as a successful one.
The Old Trafford hot seat will come with a lot more pressure. If Pochettino gets the job, it will arguably be the most difficult one of his career, but Arsenal shouldn’t really be worried, should they?
Pochettino vs Arsenal over the years
Pochettino spent six seasons in the Premier League, first at Southampton and then at Tottenham. The Argentine did really well at both clubs, especially at the home of our fierce rivals.
During his time in England, Pochettino faced Arsenal 15 times in all competitions. He won four games, lost four and drew seven times.
Although that record is as even as it can get, Pochettino’s sides scored 20 goals against us but conceded 21. That gives Arsenal a slight edge over the Argentine if he does become the new Manchester United boss in the coming days.
Should Arsenal be worried?
Mikel Arteta would’ve certainly relished the opportunity of facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer again next week. The Norwegian has faced our boss three times and hasn’t won a game. His Manchester United side even failed to score in those games, which shows how much of an upper hand the Spaniard had.
If the deal to bring in Pochettino does go through, the games between Arsenal and Manchester United will not be as easy. Arteta will have very little margin for error, but that doesn’t mean he can’t beat the Argentine.
The Arsenal boss has already picked up wins against Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp in his career. All three of them are superior to Pochettino and there’s no reason why we should be worried in the slightest about Manchester United appointing him in the coming days.