Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme, via the Daily Mail, pundit Jamie Carragher says he believes Tottenham Hotspur are still a long way behind Arsenal following their 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Spurs finished above the Gunners for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s 21-year reign as manager last term, and they were four points ahead of their north London neighbours prior to their derby clash at the weekend.
However, first-half goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez gave the hosts the win, with the gap between the two sides in the Premier League now just down to a single point.
It was another disappointing away performance from Mauricio Pochettino’s men against one of their top-six rivals, after they also lost without scoring when they were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United last month.
While Carragher believes that Spurs could come out on top in terms of top flight standings this season, they still aren’t at the same level because of Arsenal’s dominance in the past.
Speaking on MNF, via the Daily Mail, the former Liverpool defender said: “Tottenham just have the edge and will finish above Arsenal this season, but a power shift, no.
“It has to be five or six seasons where you finish above your rival. I think a big foreign player would choose Arsenal.
“Until we start treating Tottenham like we treat Arsenal, the Manchester clubs and Liverpool, that’s when you think they have overtaken them.”
Even at this relatively early stage of the campaign, Tottenham and Arsenal lie 11 and 12 points respectively behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, and they already look to face a huge battle to be involved in the race for this term’s title.