Jamie Redknapp: This Tottenham squad has no passengers like Arsenal

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Jamie Redknapp believes the key difference between Tottenham and Arsenal this season is that Mauricio Pochettino is not carrying "passengers" like Arsene Wenger has to.

Spurs thrashed Bournemouth 4-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday to close the Premier League title gap on Chelsea to four points ahead of the Blues' trip to Manchester United on Sunday.

Goals from Mousa Dembele and Heung-min Son put Spurs in control early on before Harry Kane scored soon after the break on his first start in five weeks since an ankle injury threatened to derail Pochettino's title hopes.

Vincent Janssen scored his first Premier League goal from open play in injury time to cap another important win for Spurs, moving them 17 points ahead of north London rivals Arsenal - albeit having played two games more than the Gunners.

Wenger's side have lost five of their last eight league matches as the pressure grows on Wenger, and former White Hart Lane midfielder Redknapp sees a huge difference in application between Arsenal and Spurs this term.

"There are no passengers in this Tottenham team, everybody is at it," he told Sky Sports. "Everybody's closing, everybody's pressing, they all buy into it.

"I'm not trying to dig out Arsenal here but if we look at the Arsenal team at times,

"They have got passengers, there are people who don't buy into the pressing side of the game.

"With Tottenham it's completely different, you can see the energy they play at, because the amount of times they win the ball high up the pitch, it becomes infectious.

"It happens all over the pitch. You have to be well coached, but you have to buy into it, you have yo be young and you have to be full of energy and this is what this Spurs side is at the moment.

"Whether they can go all the way and win the league, it's going to take a little bit of a capitulation from Chelsea, but they're in it, they're right in the mix.

"It's their away form that bothers me. They've only won six of 15 away from home, here they've won 15 of 17."

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