Sol Campbell clearly feels very strongly about claims of a North London power shift

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The former Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal defender says it takes more than one good season to make Spurs better than the Gunners.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal centre-back Sol Campbell has emphatically rejected the suggestion that there has been a power shift in North London this season, telling told City AM that one swallow does not make a summer.

Spurs will finish above their arch-rivals for the first time in over two decades unless they lose at relegated Newcastle United whilst Arsenal beat bottom side Aston Villa on Sunday's final day.

Much has been made this season of an apparent power shift in London which has seen Tottenham emerge as genuine title contenders for the first time in recent memory, whilst Arsenal's bid fizzled out earlier in 2016.

However, Campbell, a hugely unpopular figure at White Hart Lane as a result of his Bosman move to Highbury in 2001 and his often harsh comments towards his first club since the switch, has dismissed that talk.

The 41-year-old insists that one good season for Mauricio Pochettino's side and a failed title bid from Arsenal does not even begin to represent a power shift, saying that would require a long-term period of Spurs winning major honours.

The former England defender told City AM: "Power shift is when you start winning Premier Leagues and FA Cups on a regular basis and getting to quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of the Champions League, that's power shift. Power shift is not one season.

"Power shift is when you've got consistency over a five or 10-year period - that's power shift. There is no evidence yet. There is potential, but everybody has got potential. It's all about realising potential and making it into reality. The trouble with football now is a lot of people jump up and down after about one or two seasons.

"Come back to me when it's five or 10 seasons and you have consistently played top, top football. It's all about consistency over the years, not just one season."

Campbell's latest comments are likely to further muddy his name amongst Spurs fans for whom the manner of the transfer is still a sore point 15 years on.

However, Pochettino's team finishing above Wenger's would be a watershed moment in the struggle for dominance in North London, particularly if Spurs can maintain their standard next term.

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