Arsene Wenger and John Terry have both admitted that they cannot come to accept Tottenham as legitimate title contenders, given their respective Arsenal and Chelsea pasts.

The North London derby on Saturday was billed as an acid test for the credentials of Spurs and Arsenal to keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the table.

The Gunners passed the test with flying colours while Antonio Conte’s men were left licking their wounds after they were consigned to a 3-1 loss following Emerson Royal’s red card.

The result means that Spurs now find themselves four points behind their North London rivals, who maintained their place at the summit of the Premier League table.

With matches now coming thick and fast in October, Conte will be hoping that his players respond in the right manner by stringing a run of results together.

However, neither Wenger nor Terry believe that the Lilywhites have a realistic chance of keeping pace with the likes of Man City.

When asked if Tottenham are title contenders, the former Arsenal boss told beIN SPORTS: “Tottenham anyway, by my DNA, I cannot believe.”

The former Chelsea captain then said: “Yours and mine.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I do not think too many Spurs fans considered ourselves to be title contenders this season even before the clash at the Emirates. However, the season is a marathon, not a sprint, and there is no reason why we cannot finish above Arsenal again.

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