Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen tells Arsenal: Power is shifting

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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is adamant they’re stronger than Arsenal going into today’s derby.

Vertonghen had offers from both North London clubs when he left Ajax in 2012 and he believes there has been the start of a power shift in Tottenham’s favour which will lead to a new era of success.

He said: “It was as close as it can get. My agent went to Arsenal, I wasn’t there myself but it was very respectful and in the end I had to make a choice and I chose Spurs.

“I chose Spurs and I think it’s turned out well. I felt I was joining a great team, with great plans and the personal chats I had with people at Spurs were great and I followed my instinct, my gut feeling and that’s it.

“I don’t want to say it on the basis of one season, maybe two seasons, but the last three – including this one – we’ve done very well, we’re building a great team with the manager and the new stadium is coming up.

“I am very, very confident we will win a trophy very soon. You want to win trophies. I want to play in a cup final. That’s what happened at Ajax to be fair. We were a team with a lot of quality that was waiting for a few years for a trophy.

“Sometimes you need that trophy or a big win against at Real Madrid or top six side to realise how good you are. I am convinced that if you win one trophy, then the rest will follow.

“We are going to challenge for both (the FA Cup and Champions League) and then we are trying to finish in the top four, so we have three targets. This is what we are playing for and very confident we can keep it going.”

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