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Tottenham vs Arsenal 2013/14: Head-to-head

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The intense rivalry has remained fiery and strong in recent years between Arsenal and Tottenham.

Putting the rivalry aside, who actually has the best starting 11, and who has the best chance of top four glory this season?

Tottenham:

Manager - Andre Villas-Boas - 8.5 

His young attacking flair and smart footballing brain makes AVB one of the most exciting managers around, hence why he attracted interest from a number of big clubs. 

Goalkeeper - Hugo Lloris - 8 

The Frenchman had a hugely successful first campaign, with his acrobatic style and being quick off his line has earned him the nickname the 'sweeper keeper'. Due to his fantastic performance last year I'm going to give Tottenham's keeper an eight rating. 

Defence - Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson, Danny Rose - 7.5

Although the centre two of Dawson and Vertonghen look solid and steady, the full-backs can be slightly inexperienced at times. Although they look good going forward, Tottenham's high line can backfire when a striker gets in behind. This is why I have rated them a decent but not amazing 7.5.

Midfield - Moussa Dembele, Paulinho, Sandro - 8.5 

Sandro and Dembele had an unbelievable start to last season before Moussa's injury. Their different styles compliment each-other with Dembele's trickery and attacking flare, paired with Sandro's break up play and tackling. The addition of Paulinho will only strengthen this attacking and defending from the midfield due to his box-to-box style and his sheer power.

Forwards - Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado, Aaron Lennon - 8 

Roberto Soldado is a fantastic signing for AVB, finally giving Spurs the 20-goal-a-season man they've been desperately waiting for since Berbatov left. Lennon has been a huge asset for Spurs since his £1 million signing from Leeds. His blistering pace makes him a problem for any defence and the addition of Chadli only gives Spurs another dimension and more goals.

(Gareth Bale has been left out, as I believe he will join Real Madrid before the end of the transfer window). 

Total score - 40.5/50 

Arsenal:

Manager - Arsene Wenger- 7.5 

Although no one can say that Arsene is anything but a great manager, you need to take into account the lack of big signings in the last few years and the huge lack of trophies for the last eight.

Goalkeeper - Wojciech Szczesny - 7.5 

Wojciech is definitely a very talented keeper but I don't know whether he is up to the task of being Arsenal's number one for years to come. A good shot stopper but too many mistakes for my liking.

Defence - Carl Jenkinson, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs - 8 

Apart from Mertesacker, a very quick defence plus what Per lacks in speed he makes up for in reading the game. Although last year they were naive at times, the line up for next season look solid, hence why i have given them an eight.

Midfield - Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta - 9 

This midfield three could prove to be one of the best in the league next year. The classy attacking style of Cazorla put together with the amazing box-to-box play from Wilshere and Arteta's simple passing paired with his penalties, makes them a huge force for this campaign.

Forwards - Lukas Podolski, Olvier Giroud, Theo Walcott - 8

These front three have a lot of pace about them, and should promise a lot of goals too. Walcott proved last season that he can finish well and play further forward for his team. However Giroud and Podolski, may be very good players, but had disappointing seasons last year and will be looking to improve.

Total score - 40/50

So, according to how I rate the two north London clubs, they are very closely matched in talent on paper, with Spurs just edging it with their new signings. We'll have to wait until next year to find out whether that will come across on the pitch or whether Arsenal will finish on top yet again.

 

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