Ian Wright said it is a “frightening prospect” to see Tottenham prosper under Mauricio Pochettino, and admitted he felt jealous after seeing Spurs beat Real Madrid 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.
“I’ve always been afraid of the Tottenham emergence, because it’s been coming,” Wright said.
“Since Pochettino’s got there it’s been steadily rising and rising and the only thing you feel that is going to hold Tottenham back is, will [chairman] Daniel Levy pay the players the kind of money that is going to keep them there? That’s all it’s going to come down to.”
And Wright said Arsenal fans have every reason to feel worried about their rivals’ progress, having seen their team finish below Tottenham in the Premier League last season for the first time since 1995.
“This is a great manager with great, young, ambitious players,” he said. “They’re not fly-by-night players, they look like they’re the real deal. Tonight’s result against Real Madrid, they hammered them. And it’s a team that’s still got a lot more to give. It’s something as an Arsenal man, sitting here, it’s a frightening prospect seeing their progression, it really is. And jealousy does come into it.”