By Danny Wright
Nigel Winterburn has admitted that Tottenham have closed down the gap between themselves and bitter North London rivals Arsenal, but he still isn’t concerned with them too much.
Spurs have made stunning progress under the leadership of Mauricio Pochettino in the past couple of seasons but took quite a blow on Saturday when they lost 2-0 at the Emirates to Arsene Wenger’s side.
Many have talked about their being a shift in power in North London with Spurs finishing above the Gunners last term as Wenger’s men failed to qualify for the Champions League, but Winterburn has taken a swipe at Tottenham’s progress by saying he won’t be too worried about them until they start winning trophies.
“Yes, they have closed the gap,” said the former Gunners defender, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“I know I will upset a lot of Tottenham supporters… [but] the only time I’m really going to start worrying is when Tottenham start to win the trophies.
“If they can win the trophies and then keep finishing very high up in the league. If they win the Premier League, win the Champions League, FA Cups, and Arsenal are not doing that, then the real power shift has changed.
“For me, it [the potential] hasn’t changed, the gap has closed, there’s hardly any gap.”
Tottenham dropped down the fourth in the Premier League table after their derby day defeat at the weekend and are now under threat of losing their top-four status next week as seventh-placed Burnley are now just within a point of them.
Next up for Spurs is a break from league action to take on Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Pochettino and his men have already qualified for the knock-out rounds of the competition but will no doubt want to secure top spot in the group by beating the out-of-form German side.
In other Tottenham news, a BBC pundit has slammed Spurs’ ‘failure’ against Arsenal.