Jack Wilshere wants Arsenal to finish above Tottenham again but has admitted that Spurs have come a long way.

Wilshere, who usually isn’t shy when it comes to his opinion of Spurs, admitted that Tottenham have improved a lot under Mauricio Pochettino.

Last season, they finished above Arsenal in the league for the first time since 1993, and look like they could repeat that trick at the end of this campaign.

Despite this, Wilshere has given assurances that Arsenal want to finish above Tottenham this season and will be ready for the upcoming North London derby.

“They’ve come a long way in the last few years,” he told Sky Sports.

“They finished above us last year, and we want to finish above them this year.

“But it’s not all about that, we don’t just look at them. We want to finish as high as we can.

“We’ll see (who the better side is). You’re only as good as your last game.

“We lost our last game and we need to bounce back. It’s a massive game, and we’re looking to get three points. We’ll be ready for it.”

The two sides will meet at the Emirates Stadium on November 18th.

A win would put Arsenal just a point behind Spurs in the table.

Arsenal haven’t won a North London derby in the Premier League since 2014.

The last six encounters between the two clubs have ended in four draws and two defeats for Arsenal.

Arsenal will also be hoping to overcome their big game hoodoo that’s continued into this season.

Defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City have served as yet another reminder that this team and big games don’t mix well.

Still, Arsenal tend to be stronger against these sides at home.

The last time Arsenal lost to a top six side at home was against Liverpool on the first day of last season.

Wilshere will be hoping to be involved in his first North London derby for some time but it’s unlikely he will feature from the start unless Arsenal suffer a host of injuries.

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