Ian Wright admits that the tide is turning from Arsenal to Tottenham in north London.
In an interview with the Evening Standard, Wright was not prepared to admit that Arsenal are now underdogs against Tottenham, but did concede that the two clubs are moving in different directions.
Tottenham have not won at Arsenal since 2010, but victory on Saturday would put them seven points clear of their greatest rivals.
“I’d never readily admit we are underdogs to Tottenham… ever,” Wright said.
“The tide is turning, though. It seems like Tottenham are progressing and we are almost regressing.
“They are a bit above us and we have to accept that. They are very much in the ascendancy in terms of where the club is going.
“They are brilliant and playing great stuff, which culminated with them hammering Real Madrid at Wembley.
“The players they have got, the unity they seem to have, the effervescence of Mauricio Pochettino… he is building something special.
“Arsene has done that and now we are in the situation of what happens now? In the eyes of Arsenal fans, we are not challenging like we should be.
“Whether it is complacency or staleness, something has stagnated and Tottenham are moving forward.”