Martin Keown has warned Tottenham not to “get too far ahead of themselves” and says Spurs are still 10 years behind Arsenal.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are currently in second place in the table, three points ahead of the Gunners, although they have played one game more.
Spurs enjoyed a rare title challenge last season that ultimately ended in disappointment but Keown feels the north London rivals still have a long way to go to match Arsenal.
“They’re 10 years behind Arsenal,” he said via The Metro. “The Wembley effect, we did that, and it was never going to be successful for them.
“I don’t think Spurs fans should get too far ahead of themselves. They have a smaller squad, and that’s due to financial constraints.
“They’re building a brand-new stadium. We’ve already heard about that from Arsenal and how restrictive that was, so they already have that to contend with.”
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Spurs have played their European home games at Wembley this season but have struggled going out of the Champions League group stages and having been knocked out of the Europa League by Gent on Thursday.
Pochettino’s side are expected to play their Premier League home games at Wembley next season while their new stadium is completed in time for the 2018/19 season.
Spurs have failed to finish above the Gunners since Arsene Wenger’s appointment 20 years ago and the two clubs will clash again at White Hart Lane on 29 April.