By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes that Tottenham are genuine contenders for the Premier League - but he insists there is a long way to go in the title race.
Harry Redknapp's side moved to within three points of leaders Manchester City when they beat Everton at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.
Some observers are tipping Spurs to end their 51-year-wait for the title and, although Wenger is more concerned by his own team, he expects Arsenal's local rivals to challenge.
"Why not? Mathematically they are in a position to do that, of course," he said.
"They have good players and they already had good players last season. But I am not a specialist of Tottenham, I am a specialist of Arsenal.
"Tottenham are a good side, they make points but there is a long way to go. At the moment it still looks very open and there is no one who dominates this championship in my opinion.
"Three weeks ago, everybody thought Man City would dominate absolutely every competition. So let's wait to see what happens at the end of the season. No matter who wins the league, whether it is us or somebody else, we will respect it and congratulate them.
“I just think at the moment that what is important for us is to come back and fight."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 13 Jan 2012