Arsenal legend Martin Keown has tipped Tottenham Hotspur to mount a sustained challenge on the Premier League title this season.
Tottenham have perhaps been one of the most impressive sides in the division this season, playing a brand of football normally associated with their bitter Premier League rivals Arsenal.
The aforementioned former Arsenal defender, who won three league titles during his remarkable Gunners career, intimates a fit and firing Tottenham, marshalled by the superb Harry Redknapp, have the capacity to remain a potent threat at the top of English football and more than a worthy adversary to Arsene Wenger's team.
Citing the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, the Arsenal hero believes Tottenham Hotspur's energy and pace in attacking areas have been integral to their rise up the table. Keown, who started 408 games for Arsenal and scored eight goals, believes Spurs are perhaps a little vulnerable at the back, but a decent Christmas period could give Harry Redknapp's side the encouragement they need to battle for the title this season.
The Arsenal hero told the Daily Mail: "Tottenham have belief, energy, pace and look so hungry for success.
"Gareth Bale has been exceptional, Luka Modric revived and Emmanuel Adebayor a real handful.
"They are more vulnerable at the back than Harry Redknapp would want but if they can win enough games over Christmas, they will be serious title contenders." The former Arsenal defender turned football pundit concluded.
Meanwhile the threat posed by Tottenham to Arsenal's supremacy in north London was palpable, when their star goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny intimated the club's main focus was finishing above Spurs this season.
"But not getting above Tottenham isn't even something we can think about. It's not in our vocabulary." The Arsenal number one told the London Evening Standard. "We don't want to finish below Tottenham, no matter what. That's the mentality here."
"That's just my personal ambition to do that. I'm one of the fans. So it means a lot to me to finish above Tottenham - and we will do so." The Arsenal youngster concluded.
Tottenham are currently in third place, five points clear of Arsenal and still with a game in hand over Arsene Wenger's side.