By George Brooks
Sky Sports’ football expert and former Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas says that Tottenham need to win trophies before they can claim to be north London’s top team.
The two clubs go head-to-head in the Premier League on Saturday, with Spurs hoping to reinforce their recent supremacy over their bitter rivals.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side finished above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years last season, but still failed to win a trophy.
Meanwhile, the Gunners missed out on finishing in the top four for the first time under boss Arsene Wenger but clinched their third FA Cup trophy in four years.
Nicholas says that Spurs need to back up their performances on the pitch with silverware, before they can claim to be north London’s dominant club.
“People talk about the pendulum swinging but they have to win trophies for that happen. Tottenham are a better team but they are not a better football club because they haven’t done anything yet,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“They’ve got a talented squad and a talented manager. Petr Cech says it’s about time they need to win things and of course they do because they are such a good team.”
Despite their different starts to the season, Saturday’s showdown at the Emirates Stadium is a must-win game for both teams.
Spurs are currently third in the Premier League table, but are already eight points behind unbeaten leaders Manchester City and cannot afford to drop more points in this season’s title race.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are even further behind City in sixth and are in danger of failing to finish in the top four for a second successive season.
Wenger’s side will be seven points behind their north London rivals with a defeat.
In other Tottenham news, former Spurs player Gus Poyet has made his prediction for the north London derby.