Former Premier League defender Martin Keown believes that Jose Mourinho is putting together something at Spurs that should make their city neighbours rather worried about what Tottenham could achieve in the years to come.
Mourinho has seen his side take up a firm position in the hunt for a top-four place since succeeding Mauricio Pochettino in November, while Arsenal have continued to labour since sacking Unai Emery just 10 days after the Argentinian was dismissed.
Spurs further enhanced their chances of securing a Champions League spot for next season after coming from behind to beat Brighton and Hove Albion on Boxing Day, with Keown telling BBC’s Final Score that their progress in Mourinho’s short reign to date could pose a worrying sign for Arsenal.
He said (via HITC): “With that marksman in Harry Kane in front of goal and Dele Alli coming into form, it just shows you that [Mourinho] has got the right feeling for the team and he has stood by them.
“And when you do that as a manager, you get the results and when the different Mourinho came out at Manchester United, we got something different. So, all credit to Mourinho for bouncing back with his team and taking every step with them. He’s an intelligent man and he’s now a different manager.
“And maybe it’s worrying the other side of north London [and] we should be worried now because Mourinho could put together a healthy run for his club.”
Despite similarly bleak starts to the season, Mourinho seems to have steadied the ship by guiding Spurs into the top five in little over a month as boss.
The north London duo’s seasons could yet end in contrasting fashions, with Spurs through to the knockout rounds of the Champions League while Arsenal’s draw at Bournemouth left them languishing in the league’s bottom half.
That could make Spurs’ immediate future seem far brighter than the Gunners’, which could explain Keown’s negative view on where his former team could be headed.
Given this is just the start of Mourinho’s reign in north London, it seems Tottenham are yet to peak under the Portuguese – which may suggest their recent domestic dominance over their closest rivals could yet extend beyond this season despite drastic changes at both clubs.
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