Wojciech Szczesny is convinced that Arsenal will soon be back to their best and believes it is far too early to suggest that their domination of north London football - and Tottenham - is over.
In the eyes of the Polish stopper, the Gunners still rule the roost, and has played down talks of a crisis at the Emirates Stadium, suggesting that Arsene Wenger's side should be judged at the end of the season.
"You cannot make such a statement after a couple of months after our poor start to the season or after just one game," said Szczesny.
"I think Spurs are a great club and they have shown that they can play really good football, but are they better than Arsenal? I don't really think so."
After enduring a difficult start to the 2011-12 campaign - the worst on record in Wenger's 15-year tenure - Arsenal fans' misery was compounded further when they were defeated 2-1 by Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
After the game, which left them 12 points adrift of the Barclays Premier League leaders, the Gunners boss conceded that his side are probably out of the title race.
But Szczesny is confident that his teammates will overcome their early-season wobble, find some consistency and reassert themselves among the Barclays Premier League elite.
"We have to improve our performances and then we just want to give ourselves the best chance of finishing high in the table, getting into the top four, and possibly winning the championship," he added.
"We have lost four games and Manchester United and Manchester City have lost none so we are behind at the moment but I believe every single team in the league will have a period somewhere where they play poorly.
"We had a poor start but I think we can kick off the season after the international break. Hopefully we can catch up. I hope we can do it as soon as possible. The fans deserve better."
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