Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the "remarkable achievement" of Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino and told beIN Sports that the Gunners arch-rivals can win the league under the Argentine, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
Though Sunday's results - Arsenal's cruise to victory over Aston Villa and Spurs' shock 5-1 thrashing at Newcastle United - saw Wenger's side finish in second above their rivals, Pochettino's men were Leicester City's main challengers in the final months of the season.
Since Pochettino took over at White Hart Lane in May 2014, he has transformed the club from Europa League regulars into genuine title contenders for the first time in decades, and has led them to qualify for what will be only the third European Cup campaign in the club's history next term.
The Argentine boss signed a new five-year deal until 2021 earlier this month, and now that he has committed his future to the club many are predicting Spurs to be challenging for a first title since 1961 again next season.
Wenger may have ultimately finished above Pochettino in the league table, but he believes that under his counterpart's rule Arsenal's traditionally inferior rivals now have a serious and lasting chance of winning the championship.
"They can win the league again. That’s a remarkable achievement. He’s one of the promising, hard-working managers in the Premier League."
Wenger's comments risk infuriating Arsenal supporters, who saw another title challenge go up in smoke in the final months of the season.
The supporters were appeased to an extent by finishing above their rivals for a 21st season in a row, but the resistance's to Wenger's rule has been at possibly an all-time high this term, and he will have to successful see of the challenge of Spurs next season to avoid any further disillusionment from the stands.