By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes Tottenham are a strong team but he thinks it's too early to say whether they have closed the gap on Arsenal.
The Frenchman has a tremendous record against Spurs and has never finished below them in the Premier League. However, Harry Redknapp's side are currently two points clear of Arsenal having played a game less and they go into Sunday's derby as favourites to extend that advantage.
Tottenham qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 2010 but they missed out on a repeat appearance this season. Wenger suggests it's too soon to draw conclusions about the balance of power in north London.
“At the moment we have been in the Champions League for 14 years and that is all we can say," he said.
"Tottenham is a good side, I agree, and we have to try to be better and that is what we try to do. I believe the consistency has been on our side, but Tottenham has a huge potential. They played Shamrock Rovers on Thursday night and were sold out, so that is a massive potential.
“But we are at the end of September and the season finishes in May. Don’t come to quick conclusions about teams - there is a long way to go.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 30 Sep 2011