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Mauricio Pochettino jokes he wants to kick Paul Merson after he said Arsenal would beat Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino has joked he wants to kick Paul Merson after the Arsenal legend claimed his former side ‘will rip Tottenham to shreds’ in the north London derby on Sunday.

Merson is predicting an easy afternoon’s work for Arsenal when they face their fierce rivals at the weekend.

The former Arsenal winger told Sky Sports’ The Debate: ‘I think Arsenal will win the game quite comfortably, 4-1.

Mauricio Pochettino joked he wants to kick Paul Merson after his prediction of Sunday's game

Mauricio Pochettino joked he wants to kick Paul Merson after his prediction of Sunday’s game

‘I think they [Arsenal] will rip Tottenham to shreds. I think Spurs are struggling at the moment and if Arsenal get going then they could score a few.

‘The Man City game has covered over the cracks at Spurs I think.’ Pochettino was clearly not best pleased by Merson’s comments.

When asked which player from Arsenal’s history he would like to have in his team, Pochettino replied: ‘Maybe play against? Yes, I want to play against Paul Merson. I would like to kick him.’

Pochettino also angrily dismissed rumours he will quit his role as Tottenham boss after Sunday’s derby. 

Merson predicted Arsenal will 'rip Tottenham to shreds' and win the north London derby 4-1

Merson predicted Arsenal will ‘rip Tottenham to shreds’ and win the north London derby 4-1

The rumours were sparked by two bookmakers suspending the market on Pochettino to be the next Premier League manager out the door.

But Pochettino said on Friday: ‘I’m not going to walk out after the north London derby. I will be here Monday and Tuesday. Then my plan is to travel but I don’t tell you where. 

‘On Friday I will be back in London for a meeting with Daniel and at the weekend maybe I will watch some national teams live and on Monday I prepare the week.

‘I’m not going to walk away. I’m not the type of person to send a message through social media.’

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