Mikel Arteta: Tottenham Are Not Title Contenders Yet
Mikel Arteta believes Tottenham are doing things the “right way” this season, but insists it is too early to tell whether they are title contenders or not.
Arsenal head to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Super Sunday knowing defeat will see them fall 11 points behind their hosts. While the Gunners have lost half of their 10 Premier League games so far this season, Jose Mourinho’s Spurs sit top of the table.
The omens are stacked in Spurs’ favour, too. Tottenham are unbeaten in their last six Premier League home games against Arsenal (W4 D2) since a 0-1 loss in March 2014. It’s their longest unbeaten home league run against the Gunners since a run of nine between January 1960 and January 1968.
Arteta is fully aware of the task his stuttering side face, but is not getting carried away with Spurs’ early season form.
“I think it’s very early in the season to see who is title contenders or not,” Arteta said. “But what you can say is what I said before is that they (Spurs) are in the position they are because they are doing things the right way.
“What we have to look at is where we will be after 38 games in the league. Now what is going to happen after Sunday, we want to be close and finish three points closer to them.”