Arsenal legend Ian Wright mentioned it’s a “frightening prospect” to see Tottenham flourish underneath Mauricio Pochettino, and admitted he felt jealous after seeing Spurs beat Real Madrid Three-1 within the Champions League on Wednesday.
Wright, who trails solely Thierry Henry on the record of Arsenal’s file purpose scorers, was among the many Gunners trustworthy who appeared on at Tottenham’s spectacular win with a way of unease.
As Arsenal get able to play Red Star Belgrade in Europe’s second-tier competitors, the Europa League, on Thursday, rivals Spurs are exhibiting no indicators of handing North London supremacy again to the Gunners.
“I’ve always been afraid of the Tottenham emergence, because it’s been coming,” Wright advised BBC Radio 5 Live. “Since Pochettino’s got there it’s been steadily rising and rising and the only thing you feel that is going to hold Tottenham back is, will [chairman] Daniel Levy pay the players the kind of money that is going to keep them there? That’s all it’s going to come down to.”
Tottenham additionally held Madrid to a 1-1 draw on the Santiago Bernabeu final month, an enormous distinction to Arsenal’s latest outcomes towards Europe’s high golf equipment — having endured quite a few heavy defeats to groups reminiscent of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
And Wright mentioned Arsenal followers have each motive to really feel fearful about their rivals’ progress, having seen their crew end under Tottenham within the Premier League final season for the primary time since 1995.
“This is a great manager with great, young, ambitious players,” he mentioned. “They’re not fly-by-night players, they look like they’re the real deal. Tonight’s result against Real Madrid, they hammered them. And it’s a team that’s still got a lot more to give. It’s something as an Arsenal man, sitting here, it’s a frightening prospect seeing their progression, it really is. And jealousy does come into it.”
Mattias is ESPN FC’s Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.