Petr Cech has rejected suggestions of a north London power shift from Arsenal to Tottenham Hotspur and told Mauricio Pochettino’s team that they need trophies to prove they have progressed.
Tottenham’s two League Cup wins in 1999 and 2008 have been their only silverware since Arsene Wenger became Arsenal manager in 1996, but they finished above their fiercest rivals last season for the first time since 1995.
Pochettino’s Tottenham also have a four-point advantage going into Saturday’s derby at The Emirates and have already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League after an historic group phase win against Real Madrid.
Arsenal, though, have won the FA Cup in three out of the last four seasons and, after three previous Premier League titles wins under Wenger, Cech is convinced that they remain the dominant force locally. Asked if there had been a power shift, Cech said: “No. I don't think so. There is always one odd year where things can change. 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. They have young, talented players as well as experienced players. Their team is very well balanced. There was always something missing but I would say the difference was when Pochettino came.