London: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Friday admitted he felt sorry for Andre Villas-Boas when he was sacked as manager of north London rivals Tottenham. There is no love lost between Arsenal and their neighbours from the other end of the Seven Sisters Road, but that didn't stop Wenger expressing sympathy for Villas-Boas's abrupt exit from White Hart Lane this week.
The former Chelsea coach became the ninth Spurs manager to be sacked since Wenger took over at Arsenal in September 1996. Last season, Spurs had pushed the Gunners all the way in the race for a top-four finish, inspired by the performances of star man Gareth Bale, who was sold to Real Madrid earlier this season.
Tottenham used the Bale cash to fund £107 million ($175m) of new talent, with Paulinho, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela all joining.