By Danny Wright
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has claimed that Tottenham have the ability to get the “upper hand” over Arsenal for years to come if they start to consistently get results against them.
The first North London derby of the season kicks off on Saturday when Spurs travel to the Emirates in the first Premier League game after the international break ends.
Most of Mauricio Pochettino’s star players will have had breaks from football during the international fixtures, with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris all picking up injuries that kept them out of contention for their countries.
Spurs finished above Arsenal last season and while Giggs sees Pochettino as possessing the best squad at the moment, he still believes that they have some way to go before coming the true dominant force in North London.
“Form often goes out of the window with derbies but Arsenal have tended to dominate, so Tottenham are naturally relishing getting some revenge,” he said on the Sky Sports website.
“Spurs are the better team right now but to really have the upper hand they have to do it consistently over the new few years, although with the talented young squad they have I don’t see why that won’t be the case.”
Tottenham boast one of the most exciting, youthful squads in the Premier League and the emergence of Harry Winks this season has been testament to Pochettino’s philosophy at the club.
Winks has been in brilliant form, looking unphased by the tasks of playing against Real Madrid, so if he is fit to play on Saturday against Arsene Wenger’s side, then he is likely to be a key player in the affair.
Giggs added that he believes Tottenham will finish third in the Premier League this season, behind the two Manchester clubs, meaning that Spurs will finish above their bitter rivals Arsenal for the second season running.
“Tottenham have also been impressive and I had thought they would struggle going for the title with the Wembley and playing in the Champions League but they’ve gotten over it really well, so I’d have them third in the mix,” he added.
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