Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has told Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur that they must win trophies to match the Gunners’ success.
The north London derby is fast approaching and talk is rife ahead of a game that has massive significance for both sides.
Tottenham currently sit in third-place in the league with 23 points, now eight short of Manchester City, and level with Manchester United in second. If Spurs are to have any chance of chasing the runaway leaders down then they must win their game against Arsenal.
For the Gunners, it is almost a win or bust scenario. Their 3-1 defeat at the hands of City in their last game saw their faint title hopes all but disappear, while a loss at the hands of Spurs would see their top-four ambitions evaporating too.
A win is vital for both sides then. Most people have put Tottenham as their favourites for the game considering their form and their big game players, while even some former-Arsenal stars have begrudgingly admitted the away side is more likely to win the game.
This tag of favourites is not one Tottenham have had in recent years, and it is their success over this, and their last few seasons that has enabled them to become such a strong outfit.
However, Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech thinks that Spurs will not be successful until they win trophies. He told Sky Sports: “We are not competing against Tottenham Hotspur. Two years ago when we finished above them we were disappointed because we didn’t win the title. Our target is to win the title and be successful during the season, not necessarily looking at what Tottenham are doing”.
“They’ve been there in the last few years so now I think they have to make sure they win something to show the progression”.
“Success is ultimately winning trophies. We were under pressure the last couple of years, people talking about winning trophies, obviously we are disappointed not to have won the title but we won FA Cups. Although the season was not always what we wanted, we always had a trophy at the end of it”.
While Tottenham are a team in the ascendancy right now, Cech clearly believes that they should not be seen as successful until they win a trophy, which is entirely fair.
The two sides meet on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium in what could be another fiery instalment in their derby.