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Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to gain some measure of revenge on Arsenal when the two sides face off at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

Pochettino's side were five points clear of Arsene Wenger's team last season with three games to play, and on the final day, Spurs only needed a draw to finish above their city rivals for the first time since 1995.

But an inexplicable 5-1 defeat to relegated Newcastle coupled with Arsenal's defeat of Aston Villa, meant Spurs ended up behind the Gunners in the final Premier League standings, in third place.

Ahead of this weekend's eagerly-anticipated north London derby, Pochettino admits he can't explain his side's capitulation.

"I still feel bad about last season," he said. "It was so easy to be above Arsenal in that moment.

Spurs's winning run at the tail end of the campaign came with two draws, at home to West Brom and away to Chelsea, ahead of losing to Southampton and Newcastle.

Pochettino added: "It's true that we felt very disappointed after the Chelsea game but with two games ahead and only one point (needed) to be above them, that was very frustrating and disappointing.

"It was difficult to not think about that situation. But we have another opportunity now and we will see what happens."