Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino insisted after his side’s latest victory, a tough 1-0 triumph away to Crystal Palace in midweek, that bettering Arsenal and claiming North London bragging rights is now the least of his worries.

Tottenham, you see, are still attempting to chase down Chelsea at the summit, clawing the gap back to just the four points after beating Palace with an improved second-half display a day on from the Blues battling past Southampton.

Not since October 1960 have the Lilywhites enjoyed a better run of league form, when putting together a run of 13-successive wins – no wonder Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen have warned the current pacesetters that the title race is far from over at this stage.

It was Eriksen who bagged that crucial goal in South London in midweek, picking out the bottom corner from 29 yards out and proving that Spurs can battle their way to victory as well as dismantling opponents with ease, as we have become accustomed to of late.

During their most-recent winning run of eight matches, Pochettino’s charges have scored 23 times and kept five clean sheets, going a long way to showing that they have learned from last season’s near miss by fighting all the way this time around.

Heading into Sunday’s showdown with Arsenal, Spurs boast their best Premier League tally of 74 points and their best top-flight return of any sort since 1984-85, requiring just one more victory from their remaining five fixtures to make this their most profitable season in four decades.

A run of three wins in succession, all since Wenger reverted to a three-man backline for the first time in two decades, has given those disgruntled fans something to smile about but it may well be a case of papering over the cracks – again!

One of the most important victories of the Frenchman’s long-running reign in North London arrived at Wembley Stadium last weekend, with a 2-1 triumph against Manchester City after extra time ensuring that the Gunners’ season remains alive, keeping them on course for a third success in the competition in the space of four years.

If the FA Cup has been Wenger’s saving grace in the past half-decade, combined with the safety net of qualifying for the Champions League, then going all the way once again this time around will likely signal the signing of another two-year deal.



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