Jamie Carragher has claimed that Arsenal are easily the bigger club, but five or six years below Tottenham in the league could change that.
The Gunners put their rivals to the sword this weekend, beating them 2-0 in a very one-sided match-up, and a number of people insist that the display has shut plenty of our noisy neighbours mouths up.
There was plenty of talk about a power shift in North London in the run-up to the crunch tie, but following an impressive and dominant display by our side, such talk is now being played down.
Jamie Carragher has now claimed that he thinks Tottenham have the edge over us, and will finish higher in the league table than us for the second season running, but a power shift would take years.
“Tottenham I think just have the edge on them,” he said.
“I think they will finish above them this season.
“Power shift? No.
“I think it has to be five or six years where you finish above your rivals.
“A big player, if they had the option between Spurs or Arsenal in the summer, I still think a big foreign player would choose Arsenal.”
Our win this weekend closed the gap between fourth and seventh to only one point, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Burnley joining us currently in the battle for the European places, although many of us will still be hoping to join the race for the title, which currently looks like Manchester City’s to lose.
I expect us to push on with our form now until January, but after that is a conundrum with the expected departure of one of Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez likely to mess with the dynamics of our attack.
Will the duo’s futures dictate our season? Should we expect another year without Champions League football if we cannot manage to keep or satisfactorily replace them this winter? Would we have to accept a power shift after four more years below them in the league table?