• Rival managers are ‘good friends’ from time together in Spain
• Emery recommended Pochettino for Valencia job in 2012
Mauricio Pochettino has spoken of the debt that he owes to Unai Emery, the Arsenal manager, who has become his near neighbour in Hertfordshire.
Pochettino takes his Tottenham team to the Emirates Stadium for Sunday’s derby and their friendship will be placed temporarily on hold. But the respect between the pair runs deep, having been forged in opposition in La Liga and, specifically, when Emery recommended that Pochettino should succeed him at Valencia in 2012.