New signing Rafael van der Vaart claims Tottenham can finish above Arsenal in the Premier League this season.
The 27-year-old midfielder made the surprise switch to Spurs on transfer deadline day for a cut-price fee of £8million from Real Madrid.
He is in line to make his debut when Tottenham take on West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday, but it is the North London derby later in the month that the Dutchman is particularly looking forward to.
Arsenal have dominated meetings between the rivals over the past two decades, but Holland international Van der Vaart insists Spurs can turn the tables this term.
"Why not?" he said. "Arsenal have a great team also with a lot of young players but our squad is not worse than Arsenal's.
"I think we will have a chance to win against them and also, over the season, we can try to beat them."
Van der Vaart has already been informed of the fiery nature of the North London derby by international team-mate and Gunners striker Robin van Persie.
"I already spoke with Robin and he said it is the greatest derby in the world," he added.
"I'm looking forward to playing in the derby."
Van der Vaart was on the brink of signing for Bayern Munich last week after being told he was surplus to requirements at Madrid.
A move to Germany fell through in the end but he is now keen to test himself in the Premier League and wants to prove that Los Merengues should not have let him go.
Asked if he wanted to prove Real wrong, he remarked: "Yes, maybe. I hope. It would be a dream to win something with Tottenham.
"For me the most important thing will be to enjoy my football and to win something with this club.
"I don't want to look back at Real Madrid. For me that's in the past. Now I want to play."