Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is adamant that there is no so-called power shift taking place between Arsenal and Tottenham ahead of the north London derby match on Sunday.
Wenger takes his side to White Hart Lane for the Premier League encounter with the hosts seemingly on course to finish above the Gunners for the first time in 20 years.
And while the Emirates outfit battle to finish in the top four and claim a place in the Champions League for next season, Spurs still have a chance to win the title if they can pip leaders Chelsea.
Speaking ahead of the keenly anticipated game, Wenger told reporters that despite Mauricio Pochettino’s side being favourites, he has reminded his charges that they must fight to deliver a strong finish to their campaign.
And quizzed on whether he thought Tottenham need to sustain success for longer before a power shift can be heralded, he said: “I think so. You cannot say that the weight of one year has the weight of 20. It’s certainly one of the few times where, if you look at people’s opinions, Spurs are favourites.
“It looks a bit like that but it doesn’t matter too much to me. It’s true that always in our press conferences we have to respond, if the worst happens what do you do? So let’s make sure that the best happens and give absolutely everything to make sure that we finish in a very strong way our season.”
Wenger will be at the helm for his 50th NLD come Sunday and has won 22 and lost only seven. But he says he remains single-minded about the task in hand; to try to finish in the top four.
He added: “After that, for the pride and the continuity or our achievements, yes we want to fight to be in front of Spurs. We have to focus on what is really important to us at this moment, which is to finish in the top four.
“Let’s be honest, I’ve answered that question about a shift in power over 18 consecutive years. Nothing changes in that. I’ve played 50 derbies, so of course there were some special ones in there. I’m not in a mode to reflect on that today. Maybe one day I will write a book just about the derbies.”