By Will Butcher
Danny Murphy believes Tottenham tactically outclassed north London rivals Arsenal to secure all three points at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Spurs won comfortably by two goals to nil against the Gunners, thanks to strikes from in-form England duo Dele Alli and Harry Kane in the second half.
Speaking on BBC One’s broadcast of Match of the Day 2 on Sunday evening (10.30pm), former Spurs midfielder believes Mauricio Pochettino’s tactical nous outwitted Arsene Wenger.
Murphy also compared the two managers and believes there is no one else to blame for Arsenal’s poor 2016-17 campaign other than French boss Wenger.
“Tottenham are playing with a confidence and arrogance at the moment,” Murphy said.
“They switched back to the four-man defence, and they did Arsenal tactically. Spurs were 2 v 1 down the sides and comfortable at the back.
“Pochettino works damn hard to make sure his players know what they’re doing. Even if Spurs were having a bad day, they’d dig in. You don’t see that with Arsenal at the moment, and you have to blame that on Wenger.”
The win for Pochettino’s title-chasing side will see them finish above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years, stretching back to the 1994-95 season when Wenger was still with Monaco.
Arsenal still have five games to play, but in lowly sixth position in the league, they sit 17 points behind their local rivals who continue to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea.
Spurs reduced the gap back to four points with the 2-0 triumph, after Antonio Conte’s side beat Everton 3-0 away from home despite being frustrated until Pedro scored in the 66th minute.
Fans will be desperate to see Spurs continue to keep Chelsea on their toes by reducing the deficit to just one point on Friday night, as they face West Ham at the London Stadium.
In other Tottenham news, Ledley King has ridiculed Arsenal on Twitter following the north London derby.