Mind the gap: Merson's damning verdict on how Spurs compare to Arsenal

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The former Arsenal midfielder has been discussing Tottenham Hotspur and previewing the north London derby.

Paul Merson thinks Tottenham Hotspur are 'still a long way' behind north London rivals Arsenal, according to the Daily Star.

Indeed, the ex-Arsenal midfielder feels Tottenham are not in the class of Arsene Wenger's side and expects Mauricio Pochettino's men to sit back when they travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The pressure will be on the hosts, Merson believes, but that doesn't change the fact they are 'way above' Tottenham at present.

Merson told the Star: "I think Spurs will sit back because all the pressure will be on Arsenal.

"Harry Kane is scoring goals and all the young players they’ve brought in seem to be doing alright. They’re buying into what the manager wants to do there.

"They are still a long way behind Arsenal. I don’t think Spurs are in their class at all. Arsenal are way above them right now."

Spurs only trail Arsenal by five points in the Premier League but the assessment that the Gunners are a class above their north London rivals is shared by many pundits and ex-pros.

A win at the Emirates, however, will likely raise Tottenham in the estimation of many onlookers.

The north London side beat their fierce rivals in the Premier League last season at White Hart Lane, also leaving Arsenal with a point in the reverse fixture.

The two sides have already met once this season, though, and the Gunners left the Lane victorious on that occasion in the Capital One Cup. This time around, it'll be a test of Tottenham's best XI rather than their squad depth.

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