Friday, 24 November, 2017

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech delivers verdict on Tottenham

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Kristopher Love | 15 November, 2017, 03:02

The first North London derby of the season kicks off on Saturday when Spurs travel to the Emirates in the first Premier League game after the worldwide break ends.

But Cech has said that if Spurs really want to show how far they've come, they need to win a trophy, something they haven't done since their League Cup victory since 2008.

Arsenal have won the FA Cup three times in the last four seasons, whilst Tottenham have only two League Cup successes to their name since Arsene Wenger took charge at the Emirates back in 1996.

"We are not competing against Tottenham Hotspur".

He added, "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". "One odd year where things can change, the most important thing for us is that we are competing against Premier League sides for the title and the glory, not just Tottenham Hotspur".

"I can already tell you that Simon Mignolet will start the match against Japan", said Martinez.

Most of Mauricio Pochettino's star players will have had breaks from football during the worldwide fixtures, with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris all picking up injuries that kept them out of contention for their countries. They have young, talented players - well balanced.

"But you need them to perform, you need to feel they are committed to the case, I have to say they come every day, they work and as a team we feel that - although there is a lot of speculation, their contracts are different to everyone else's - you can see they are committed to the team".

The official showed a Premier League-high five red cards last season, and has sent two players off in his previous six North London derbies.

The Czech, 35, also claims Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are as focused as ever - despite their unsettled futures after so far declining to sign new contracts.

"They train well and we hope their form will help us reach the target".