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Despite Tottenham finishing ahead of Arsenal last season for the first time in 22 years, Cech believes that a lack of trophies at their bitter rivals undermines any progress that Tottenham have made under Mauricio Pochettino.

He told Sky Sports: "The north London derby always tends to be an entertaining affair, with a lot of goals and a lot of talented players, and I think it has been more interesting over recent years with the teams being evenly matched". The Czech goalkeeper also said that Spurs need to win a trophy if they want to prove how far they've come under Pochettino's time as manager. "Although the season was not always what we wanted, we always had a trophy at the end of it". "Our target is to win the title and be successful during the season, not necessarily looking at what Tottenham are doing".

Tottenham and Arsenal go head-to-head at the Emirates on Saturday with Mauricio Pochettino's men now level on points with United. 'We are not competing against Tottenham Hotspur. 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".

Despite this though, he has recovered in reasonably efficient fashion and looks ready to take on Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham side, who have been in good form themselves throughout the opening stages of the campaign.

Asked if there had been a power shift in north London, Cech said: "No I don't think so". Tottenham has not won a trophy since 2008 (the League Cup) and although they were the last team standing between the last two league champions and their eventual glory, it's still not a trophy.

The Gunners' form has been patchy, especially away from home, and it's hard not to draw some parallels between that and the fact their two star players, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, have yet to make the kind of contribution you'd expect from players of that talent.



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