Sol Campbell has claimed that Arsenal are superior to Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the North London Derby this Saturday, according to reports from the London Evening Standard.
Tottenham have been trying to close the gap on their local rivals ever since the Premier League began in 1992, but they have now climbed out of the Gunners’ shadows to sit 2nd on the table.
Although Arsene Wenger’s men are not far behind just three points off the Lilywhites, they know that only a win at White Hart Lane will suffice after a poor run of just two victories in their last eight league games.
However, Campbell, who controversially played for both clubs, believes that Arsenal are still the better side due to their higher quality of football.
“If you’re looking at quality of football then Arsenal’s quality of football has been superior,” he told 888sport.
“You have to look at it over five to ten years to see how consistent they are and Tottenham have really come into their own this season. They have improved but let’s see after five seasons.”
The former England defender went on to add that the Gunners’ recent poor form is the reason they’re playing catch-up, and it has to start with a win in the derby this weekend.
He added: “For Arsenal it’s catch-up time but they are very lucky they’re playing Tottenham because they at least have a chance to rectify it. What if they didn’t have a derby and it wasn’t in your hands to beat them and pull them back?
“Spurs are working as a fantastic unit and for me it’s all about consistency. They’ve had a great season and let’s see how they finish it off.
“This week they have two derbies and that’s mentally tough and physically tough. If they get through all these big games they deserve to win it.”
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