Jenas explains Pochettino's major tactical change, predicts Tottenham's chances of beating Arsenal

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and current pundit has been discussing Sunday's visit to Arsenal.

Jermaine Jenas believes Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is putting less emphasis on possession than he was last season - and during his time in charge of Southampton, according to BBC Football.

Indeed, Jenas feels the north London side are making greater strides in key areas as opposed to simply holding onto the ball in the middle of the park.

And the pundit has spoken highly of his former side ahead of their Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Jenas told BBC Football: "Pochettino is putting less emphasis on possession and passing than last season, or when he was at Southampton, but it is noticeable that Spurs have had more shots, more shots on target, are covering more ground, making more tackles, and are facing fewer shots."

Meanwhile, ahead of Tottenham's weekend trip to Arsenal, Jenas expects the north London side to put in a solid showing during the derby.

But the former midfielder has warned Spurs about the need to see the game out and stay strong mentally.

He explained: "Their good form should help them believe things can be different this time and I am expecting a decent performance but, to win they will have to start well and get a foothold in the game, then find a way of seeing it through this time."

Pochettino's men will no doubt be encouraged by memories of their last north London derby in the Premier League.

But there will, of course, also be memories of losing to a weakened Arsenal side in the Capital One Cup at White Hart Lane this season.

As Jenas suggests, it's very much about Tottenham's mentality.

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