Arsenal legend Ian Wright stated it’s a “scary prospect” to see Tottenham flourish below Mauricio Pochettino, and admitted he felt jealous after seeing Spurs beat Actual Madrid Three-1 within the Champions League on Wednesday.
Wright, who trails solely Thierry Henry on the checklist of Arsenal’s report aim scorers, was among the many Gunners devoted who regarded on at Tottenham’s spectacular win with a way of unease.
As Arsenal get able to play Purple 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 at all times been afraid of the Tottenham emergence, as a result of it has been coming,” Wright informed BBC Radio 5 Stay. “Since Pochettino’s bought there it has been steadily rising and rising and the one factor you’re feeling that’s going to carry Tottenham again is, will [chairman] Daniel Levy pay the gamers the type of cash that’s going to maintain them there? That is all it is going to come right down to.”
Tottenham additionally held Madrid to a 1-1 draw on the Santiago Bernabeu final month, a giant distinction to Arsenal’s current outcomes in opposition to Europe’s prime golf equipment — having endured quite a few heavy defeats to groups corresponding to Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
And Wright stated Arsenal followers have each motive to really feel nervous about their rivals’ progress, having seen their workforce end beneath Tottenham within the Premier League final season for the primary time since 1995.
“This can be a nice supervisor with nice, younger, formidable gamers,” he stated. “They are not fly-by-night gamers, they appear like they’re the actual deal. Tonight’s outcome in opposition to Actual Madrid, they hammered them. And it is a workforce that is nonetheless bought much more to offer. It is one thing as an Arsenal man, sitting right here, it is a scary prospect seeing their development, it truly is. And jealousy does come into it.”
Mattias is ESPN FC’s Arsenal correspondent. Observe him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.