Wenger: Tottenham 12 years behind Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur are 12 years behind the Gunners.

Despite making a strong start to the season, with Spurs winning their opening four league games, defeats to Manchester United (3-1), Chelsea (3-0) and Arsenal (3-0) have highlighted that the White Hart Lane side still have their work cut if they are to establish themselves at the top end of the Premier League table.

And after Tottenham striker Robbie Keane insisted before Saturday's derby that Spurs were now on an even keel with their arch rivals, and possessed a stronger squad, Wenger has hit back.

"I don’t share that opinion. How do you measure the dimension of a club? Success. Exactly," he said in The Mirror.

"So if you look at success historically, they have a lot of work to do. We have been 12 consecutive years in the Champions League so once they have done that they can say, of course, that they are similar.

"They have the potential, the supporters, they are a big club. But what comes next is the consistency of achievement. At the moment nobody would deny that Arsenal is in front of them."

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