Sherwood: Arsenal and Spurs stars don’t care about derby like we did

Tim Sherwood says Arsenal and Tottenham players don't care about the derby as much as their predecessors

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur players don’t care as much about the north London derby as the legends of the past, Tim Sherwood claims.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men make the short trip to Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, looking to register their first Premier League win in four attempts.

Does it mean as much to the players now? I think the culture has changed

Tim Sherwood

Meanwhile, Arsenal are looking to continue their excellent record against their rivals at their home stadium, winning the last three encounters.

But ex-Spurs midfielder Sherwood, who was replaced by Pochettino this summer, feels the rivalry between both sets of players is no longer as intense.

“Does it mean as much to the players now? I think the culture has changed. You see players from opposing sides chatting or embracing in the tunnel before the game,” Sherwood wrote in his Independent column.

“It would never have happened when I was a player. On that day, we loathed the Arsenal players as much as our fans loathed theirs.

“As for swapping shirts at half-time or the end of the game, we just didn’t do that. There isn’t an Arsenal shirt in my house from my playing career. I just don’t think it would have been right. If I’d asked the likes of Lee Dixon or Martin Keown for theirs, I’m sure they’d have told me where to go.”

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