Former Arsenal stalwart Nigel Winterburn has claimed the balance of power in north London is still with Arsenal after Saturday’s win over Tottenham but stressed that Mauricio Pochettino’s men have almost caught up.
The former Gunners and England full-back was at the Emirates as first-half goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez sunk us but Winterburn admitted Spurs have closed the gap between the two clubs in recent years, of course culminating in finishing above them in the Premier League last season for the first time since 1995.
The article adds that we are still a point ahead of the Gunners, despite the defeat.
“Yes, they have closed the gap,” Winterburn told Sky Sports News.
He added “I know I will upset a lot of Tottenham supporters… [but] the only time I’m really going to start worrying is when Tottenham start to win the trophies.
“If they can win the trophies and then keep finishing very high up in the league. If they win the Premier League, win the Champions League, FA Cups, and Arsenal are not doing that, then the real power shift has changed.
Winterburn continued “For me, it [the potential] hasn’t changed, the gap has closed, there’s hardly any gap.
“I’ve said it for the last two seasons, Arsenal and Tottenham are very, very close at the moment and I’ll put Liverpool in there with them as well.”
Interesting point of view, in a way he’s probably right. One season above them doesn’t mean it has, we have the capabilities to leave them for dust but we need to do that consistently
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