Chris Sutton has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have a better chance of competing with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table over the next couple of seasons than Arsenal do.
Arsenal head into the north London derby tomorrow evening with a four-point cushion over their fierce rivals.
The Gunners are favourites to get back into the Champions League at Spurs’ expense and finish above the Lilywhites for the first time in six years.
However, Antonio Conte admitted in his press conference on Tuesday that finishing in the top four was not a realistic objective when he took over from Nuno Espirito Santo in November and insisted that Spurs can be proud of how far they have progressed (Football.London).
Sutton believes that Tottenham have more quality in their squad than Arsenal do, and added that the Lilywhites have a much better chance of competing with the elite next season than their North London rivals if Conte stays at the club.
The pundit told BBC’s Monday Night Club: “I think Spurs have better players than Arsenal. I think Conte will get it right. The issue is nobody really knows what Conte could possibly do over the summer.
“He was linked with PSG, he has a history at times of just walking away, doesn’t he? I think if he stays then I think Spurs have a really good opportunity next season because he does have a great track record of improving teams.
“From Arsenal’s point of view, I like the continuity and stability at the club, but I just don’t see this Arsenal team ever being able to compete in the next few seasons with the top two.
“Having said that, I don’t really see Spurs’ team being able to compete but I think they stand a better chance under Conte than Arsenal do under Arteta.”
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The fact that Arteta has been in charge for three years and Conte has only been at the job for six months is quite significant.
Even if Arsenal finish above us this season and make some decent acquisitions in the summer, I fully expect us to pip them next season in Conte’s first full season in charge.
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