Last Saturday lunchtime was supposed to witness the latest act in the shifting of power in North London. Arsenal, once the vibrant young side expertly guided by a foreign manager who was a relative unknown before arriving in England, have ceded exactly that ground to Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs. So as we all expected the derby to play out on those terms at the Emirates at the weekend, Arsenal blitzed both Tottenham and wider expectations with a dominant 2-0 victory, in which the oft-maligned Mesut Ozil was man of the match.
It fell to Craig Bellamy and Jamie Carragher to digest the game on Monday Night Football, and in the course of their analysis, presenter David Jones touched on that theme with Carragher. Which is the biggest club in North London?
Carragher made a prescient point relating to the different standards both are judged by.
Until we start treating Tottenham like we treat Arsenal, the Manchester clubs and Liverpool, that's when you think they've overtaken them. If Mesut Ozil had performed in that game the way Dele Alli did, we'd be slaughtering Mesut Ozil. We still think of Spurs as a young team, we don't really expect them to win. There's no bigger fan of Spurs than me, the best team I've watched since I started working for Sky. But we don't treat them like treat some of the other big players and big teams.
You can watch Carragher below.