Antonio Conte has urged Tottenham to treat him with the same patience that Arsenal did with Mikel Arteta.
Tottenham narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification at the end of last season, but the Gunners stuck with Arteta and are now reaping the benefits.
Arsenal leads the Premier League heading into Saturday’s north London derby, with Tottenham one point behind in third place.
Despite failing to secure a lucrative Champions League spot, Arteta was allowed to invest heavily in new signings, with both Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus playing key roles after joining from Manchester City.
Conte is impressed with Arteta’s work and believes Tottenham should be similarly focused on his own rebuilding project.
“If I look at what happened at Arsenal, I think they’re a club that has supported Arteta over the years,” Conte said.
“You can tell when you trust someone, and Arsenal demonstrated this in a difficult period with Arteta by supporting him at all times; now they’re having good results.
“They took an excellent step. This season, I believe they will be better than last. They made good signings, particularly Jesus and Zinchenko from Manchester City, two players who are accustomed to winning and have a winning mentality.
“It is always critical to travel with the coach and the club. If you want to build something significant, you must work together and have a good relationship.”
Conte, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has been critical of several of his previous clubs, including Chelsea and Inter Milan.
After a summer spending spree that added six players to his squad, the 53-year-old is happier at Tottenham.
“It will be critical to continue working in the proper manner. We need time and patience to try to build a path to compete with (Manchester) City, Liverpool, Chelsea, as well as (Manchester) United and Arsenal “Conte stated.
“It’s critical for me to recognize this and understand that we need time and patience. Then I reiterate that I enjoy working with this club.”