Arteta assesses Tottenham’s title chances ahead of north London derby

Mikel Arteta insists it is too early to call Tottenham title challengers but maintains they are heading in the right direction.

Arsenal travel to their north London rivals on Tottenham but go in as firm underdogs.

The Gunners have endured their worst start to a Premier League season while in contrast Jose Mourinho's side sit top.

Tottenham haven't lost since the opening day of the season and have underlined their quality with impressive wins against both Manchester clubs.

Arteta accepts that the harsh reality is their rivals are currently performing to a higher level, but stopped short of calling them contenders.

"I think it's very early in the season to see who is title contenders or not," Arteta told reporters.

"But what you can say is that they (Spurs) are in the position they are because they are doing things the right way.

"The table is like that because they deserve it more than us and they've done things better than us.

"We have to accept that. But we want to go there and make that gap three points smaller."

Arteta lost his previous visit to Tottenham when a late Toby Alderweireld header sealed a 2-1 win last season.

The Gunners are in fact without an away league win against their arch rivals since March 2014.

Tottenham will have the added bonus of supporters in a game for the first time due to their Tier 2 status.

Arteta though has not qualms with the lack of Arsenal fan presence.

"We've been waiting for this moment for a long time and I'm not going to complain," he said.

"Honestly, I'd rather play in a stadium with an atmosphere, with some fans and at this moment it's going to be for them with their supporters and the next week it will be us."

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