Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta reveals respect for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta reveals that Mauricio Pochettino was a father figure to him when the pair played a season together at Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has spoken of his respect for Tottenham Hotspur manager and former teammate Mauricio Pochettino.

The Arsenal skipper joined Paris Saint-Germain on loan from Barcelona when he was a teenager and played alongside Pochettino for a season.

"He was the captain of the club and for me, he was like a father. He really looked after me. He taught me about the values and the behaviour that a professional footballer must have," he told the club's official website.

"He told me about the way a footballer must look after himself and he had a lot of respect for his teammates. I will always be grateful for what he did for him and I respect him for that."

Arsenal and Spurs contest the North London derby later today, and Pochettino wants his side to outbattle the Gunners.

Mauricio Pochettino the Spurs manager directs his players during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground on August 16, 2014
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