By Russell Edge
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that north London rivals Tottenham’s lack of silverware means that they cannot consider themselves as a better side than the Gunners.
Last season saw the Lilywhites finish above their fierce rivals in the top flight for the first time in 22 years, finishing as runners up to champions Chelsea, while Arsenal were left languishing in sixth after a disappointing campaign.
The season previous also saw Spurs ahead for much of the season, although the Gunners eventually finished second with Mauricio Pochettino’s men in third after their respective results on the final day.
However, Cech has refuted any suggestion that Tottenham have leapfrogged Arsenal as the dominant force in north London, pointing to their lack of trophies as a measure of their success, with Spurs having failed to secure a major title since the League Cup win back in 2008.
The Czech Republic goalkeeper told Sky Sports: “There is always one odd year where things can change, but the most important thing for us is competing against the other teams for the Premier League title and for the glory.
“We are not competing against Tottenham Hotspur. Success is ultimately winning trophies.
“They’ve been there in the last few years so now I think they have to make sure they win something to show the progression.”
Spurs travel to Arsenal on Saturday looking to extend a run of six league matches without defeat to their rivals, with the last clash between the two sides ending in a 2-0 win for Pochettino and his men.
Arsenal, currently sitting in sixth place, are just four points behind their neighbours in third, with the Lilywhites already finding themselves eight points adrift of league leaders Manchester City.