Cech: Time for Spurs to win trophy

Cech: Time for Spurs to win trophy

Tottenham Hotspur central defender Jan Vertonghen was held out of Tuesday's 3-3 global friendly draw with Mexico after he tweaked his ankle in training with the Belgium national team earlier in the week.

The England global has been sidelined with a hamstring injury recently but appears to be well on his way back to full fitness.

After finishing behind Arsenal for 22 straight years many believe that the tide has turned in North London supremacy.

The Gunners have been left with several injury concerns during the worldwide break, with Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud both having withdrawn from their respective national squads.

The big factor was the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino.

"Success is ultimately winning trophies".

But Cech insists the title - and not just leapfrogging Tottenham - is still the Gunners' target.

"There is always one odd year where things can change".

Despite talk about the continuous failings of Wenger and Arsenal, the Gooners have still won the FA Cup 3 out of the past 4 years.

"Form often goes out of the window with derbies but Arsenal have tended to dominate, so Tottenham are naturally relishing getting some revenge. Although the season was not always what we wanted, we always had a trophy at the end of it". Two years ago when we finished above them we were disappointed because we didn't win the title.

"Tottenham have also been impressive and I had thought they would struggle going for the title with the Wembley and playing in the Champions League but they've gotten over it really well, so I'd have them third in the mix", he added.

"They have young, talented players as well as experienced players".

"They are an important part of the team", he added.

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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