Arsene Wenger smug and sad over Tottenham's 'internal problem'

Arsenal manager has reason to be smug and sad over another Tottenham sacking.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has his own team to focus on right now, but during his Friday press conference he was inevitably quizzed over the fortunes of rivals Tottenham.

Spurs sacked Andre Villas-Boas this week following a shocking 5-0 home loss to Liverpool, weeks after a 6-0 hammering at Manchester City.

Wenger had warned there would be difficulties. In mid-August after Tottenham signed several players and he hadn't delivered any, he warned them it wouldn't be easy.

"Your squad always has a balance. It is more of a risk [adding numbers]. It can work fantastically well, but there is a little risk on the stability of the squad and on your technical consistency.

"However, I must confess I am not too much worried about the risk they have taken and what they do.

"I believe you win games when you focus on yourself and the quality of our game. It is not a special statement for Tottenham, for us it is exactly the same. It is always difficult to integrate many players together."

He was belittled after that comment as merely being jealous, but as we pointed out this week he has had the last laugh, and was keen to point it out in his press conference:

"You need time, yes.

"Look, when I said to you at the beginning of the season that when you sign more than three players you take a technical risk, you were all laughing at me, but it is a reality."

He went onto question however whether Tottenham have an 'internal problem', pointing a finger indirectly at chairman Daniel Levy and his latest director of football Franco Baldini.

"Is it an internal problem with the relationship with his chairman or with the board? I don't know. Is it an emotional reaction to a big defeat at home? I hope not because that would not be a good sign."

While not overtly criticising the Spurs board, just raising the issue publicly is enough for Wenger to get his message across without actively diving headfirst into a row.

However if you think Wenger revels in the mess at Arsenal's rivals completely, that's not true, for he feels Andre Villas-Boas deserved more of a chance and was sad for him to lose his job.

"If you look purely at the mathematical problem, yes (it is a surprise), because he has the highest percentage rate of wins historically at the club.

"I sympathise with everyone because you need to be a manager to know how much you suffer, you know how many sleepless nights are behind every manager and how much everybody wants to win.

"Of course you feel sympathy for people who lose their job."

Arsenal currently sit eight points above Spurs in the Premier League table, 1st against Spurs' 7th, with a superior goal difference of 20.

Wenger surely takes some pleasure is being proved right, but clearly none in seeing another manager lose his job. 

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