Despite a lack of silverware, Jan Vertonghen says he made the right decision to join Tottenham instead of Arsenal in 2012.
Both teams wanted the defender, who was playing for Ajax at the time, but was convinced to move to White Hart Lane.
“It was as close as it can get. My agent went to Arsenal, I wasn’t there myself but it was very respectful and in the end I had to make a choice and I chose Spurs,” he told The Mirror.
“I chose Spurs and I think it’s turned out well. I felt I was joining a great team, with great plans and the personal chats I had with people at Spurs were great and I followed my instinct, my gut feeling and that’s it.”
In that time Arsenal have won three FA Cups, while Vertonghen has played in one League Cup final, but believes Tottenham are close to winning a first trophy since 2008.
They are still in the FA Cup and Champions League where they have beaten Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund this season.
“Sometimes you need that trophy or a big win against at Real Madrid or top six side to realise how good you are. I am convinced that if you win one trophy, then the rest will follow,” he said.
“We are going to challenge for both (the FA Cup and Champions League ) and then we are trying to finish in the top four, so we have three targets. This is what we are playing for and very confident we can keep it going.”
Earlier in the week, Spurs striker Harry Kane revealed that being released by Arsenal when he was a boy was a blessing.
"It might sound ridiculous,” he explained. “I was only eight when they let me go, but every time we played them, I thought, 'Alright, we'll see who's right and who's wrong'.
"Looking back on it now, [being released by Arsenal] was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because it gave me a drive that wasn't there before.”