Szczesny: Spurs not stronger

Paul Hirst

WOJCIECH Szczesny has rubbished talk over a power shift in north London and claims that Arsenal are still a stronger club than neighbours Tottenham.

Arsenal's woeful campaign took another turn for the worse when they suffered their fourth defeat of the season, at the worst possible place -- White Hart Lane.

Tottenham's 2-1 win, which came courtesy of goals from Rafael van der Vaart and Kyle Walker, plunged the Gunners to within two points of the relegation zone and will have done nothing to convince Arsenal's doubters that Arsene Wenger's side are in freefall.

Szczesny (pictured), however, has warned Spurs that one win does not mean Arsenal have surrendered the dominance they have enjoyed over the past 20 years.

"You can't make such a statement after a couple of months, after our poor start to the season or after just one game," the Arsenal goalkeeper said after Sunday's game.

"Spurs are a great club and have shown that they can play good football, but are they better than Arsenal? I don't think so."

Szczesny's claims may appear surprising given the poor start his team have made to the season, but the Gunners looked the better team for large parts of the defeat and they would have taken something from the game had their finishing been sharper.

With Arsenal now 12 points behind leaders Manchester United, Wenger appeared to concede his team were out of the title race.

Arsenal's treatment list lengthened with the news that Bacary Sagna will be out for three months after breaking his leg in the defeat. Szczesny himself suffered a back injury and has had to withdraw from Poland's upcoming games against South Korea and Belarus.