By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger is focused on his own team's improvement - and not Tottenham.
Arsenal's north London rivals are in fine form in the Premier League and climbed to third in the table with a comfortable 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday night.
Spurs were the last team to beat Wenger's side and are well-placed for a top-four finish - they are three points clear of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea and have a game in hand on all three.
Jack Wilshere's charity challenge to Spurs fans on Twitter has put the north London rivalry back on the agenda but Wenger is looking at the bigger picture.
"At the moment Spurs are fighting for the top four like we do," he said.
"At the end we can both be in the top four, and we will try everything possible to be in front of them. But that is not enough for me. With or without Tottenham what we want is to be in the top four. That's our target.
"People always make definite conclusions after one game. I saw the [Tottenham-Villa] game on Monday night and they weren't really challenged. There's a long way to go.
"I don't believe we have to focus on Spurs, we have to focus on us improving. It's important that we don't get confused about what we want to achieve. What we want to do is improve and play better."Copyright 2017 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