Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he would like to emulate Wenger at Arsenal and spend 20 years at Tottenham.
Tottenham will travel to Emirates Stadium, to face Arsenal, with points and bragging rights up for grabs.
Wenger is the longest serving manager in the Premier League, spending 21 years at Arsenal, winning three EPL trophies and seven FA Cup trophies.
“In football history he’s one of the great managers, the same level as [Sir Alex] Ferguson,” Pochettino said. “He will always be a special manager.
“To keep motivation more than three years is difficult. Five years, you must be very good, very good if you’re 10 years. When you talk about 20 years it’s amazing. Everyone who talks about him needs to show respect. Some days you’re good, some days not so good. But [show] respect.
“Wenger was an innovator, ahead of everyone, like Ferguson. It’s difficult to innovate but you must try to create a project under your ideas and philosophies to take you ahead of other clubs. They were ahead. That’s why my respect and admiration is high.”
Pochettino added: “I tell the truth to you. Why show different emotion if you don’t believe that? I need to be honest and fair.
“He is my enemy because he is Arsenal manager but he is my colleague too. What he is doing at Arsenal and as a manager – I would like to be like him one day; 20 years at Tottenham.”