Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t explicitly ruled out the possibility of taking over Arsenal rivals Arsenal and says he’ll take time to assess his next move.

The South American was axed as Spurs manager last month – with the club sitting in 14th place in the PL table at the time – and promptly replaced by the Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho, who won his first three matches in charge.

In spite of his links to Spurs half of north London, Pochettino is one of the managers in the frame to replace Unai Emery as the Gunners look to bring in a new permanent head coach.

Pochettino is currently enjoying a well-earned rest back in his homeland but was tracked down by TyC Sports on Friday and questioned specifically about the vacant Arsenal job.

The Argentine has always been notoriously coy with the press and didn’t rule himself out of the running for the Arsenal job – though he could not resist a little smirk when the Gunners were mentioned.

Asked about the job vacancies at both Arsenal and Bayern Munich, Pochettino responded by saying:

‘It’s important to have a moment of calm to lower the decibels and find the energy to take on a new project, and we’ll see where that is.’

On what he will do next, Mauricio added: ‘I’m going to spend a few days here [in Rosario] with my family and friends, and then I’ll return to London next week.’

He returned to his homeland after being let go by Spurs and was a guest of honour as he watched his former club Newell’s Old Boys take on River Plate.