Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal are now stronger than Tottenham after paying off their Emirates Stadium debts.
Arsenal host Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday looking to keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League having lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek.
The Gunners have won their last five in the league, but Spurs are also in good nick having remained unbeaten since the opening day of the season. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have also been boosted by the return to goalscoring form of Harry Kane, who scored his fifth goal in three games in Thursday’s Europa League win over Anderlecht.
Asked whether he would ever consider signing Kane, Wenger said: “He has great qualities and he will make a great career. But once a player is at Spurs you don’t even consider him any more.”
Tottenham would close the gap on Arsenal to just two points with a win at Emirates Stadium, but Wenger has suggested Spurs’ best chance to finish above their north London rivals may have passed.
“It was always a level (playing field),” he said. “It was when we had a 37-38,000 seater it was level and after we moved into the new stadium because we had to pay our debts back. But now we are stronger.”
Wenger does expect a tough game on Sunday, however, adding: “They are a side that are strong defensively and can play at a a high pace in a committed way. They are very stable.
“They have done well. They have lost only one game. They have a few draws. They have always in my memory had strong teams.
“Every year Tottenham are a threat. In the last 20 years they’ve always had strong teams. There have been periods when we have been eight or nine points behind them in April.
“I enjoy the derby because I believe you want to play important exciting games in football, that has meaning and special emotions.”
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