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Can Tottenham finally eclipse Arsenal?

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The competition is tight between the two massive north London clubs as Arsenal only finished a point ahead of Spurs, even though that was the difference between Champions League football and Europa League. 

However, as the summer has progressed the situation seems to be changing.

So far Tottenham have spent a total of £50.9 million on three players namely: Roberto Soldado (£26.4m), Paulinho (£17.4m) and Nacer Chadli (£7.1m)

In addition there is the imminent arrival of Etienne Capoue, whose arrival is subject to a medical but has already been confirmed by the Toulouse president Olivier Sadran.

Although they’ve also let the likes of William Gallas, Steven Caulker and Clint Dempsey leave, they look like a much stronger side than last season. 

Nevertheless, come the end of the transfer window, if Gareth Bale is still at White Hart Lane then without a doubt that will be their greatest achievement this summer.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have yet to really get going this summer with the arrival of 20-year-old France U20 striker Yaya Sanogo representing the only transfer. 

Although there have been many reports about a rejected bid for Luis Suarez, the striking position may not even be their greatest area of worry with severe lack of options for the defensive midfield position. This article will compare the strength each side possesses in the different areas of the pitch.

Goalkeeping/Defence

Hugo Lloris is 26 years old, has played seven full top-flight seasons and is the captain of the France national team. 

It is hard to really put in a reasonable argument for Wojciech Szczesny who has been developing really well for Arsenal ever since making his debut at age 20 at the Nou Camp, which automatically means the French captain gets the nod in this respect.

Meanwhile in defensive terms Arsenal only conceded 37 goals that was second best defence in the league while the Lillywhites let in 46 goals (eighth best). 

With no new defenders signed for both sides and Tottenham losing certain defensive players (albeit they may be considered insignificant), Arsenal seems to be more comfortable defensively. Although, Vertonghen was in the PFA team, Koscienly and Mertesacker looked extremely good towards the ending of last season, with the points accumulated serving as evidence of the success.

Midfield

The midfield seems to be very competitive with many good players for both sides.

One side has the talented likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta amongst many while the other composes of Bale, Moussa Dembele, and Paulinho who are the cream of a crop of good midfielders.

Both sets of trios seem equally as good but PFA Player of the Year Gareth Bale tips the scale on Spurs’ side. However, should Tottenham fail to hold on to their prized asset this summer, it is hard to imagine that they could attract any world-class midfielder bearing in mind their Europa League status, which is subject to qualification.

Wingers/Strikers

Arsenal scored 72 goals in the Premier League last season compared to Tottenham’s 66, it is well known that not only forwards score all the goals but they often play a major part in nearly all of them so therefore its important to attribute them with this credit.

Tottenham have just signed Spanish international Soldado but entering his first Premier League season, it may take time for him to settle. 

They have Adebayor and Jermain Defoe on the bench who scored a combined 20 goals last season, which is quite decent but not for strikers of a top five club.

While on the wings, only Aaron Lennon has undoubtedly proven himself in this position, which may be troublesome especially if Bale (who normally plays down the middle) leaves.

While for the Gunners Olivier Giroud, who scored 11 Premier League goals in his debut season (17 all competitions), looks to be improving and adjusting to the environment.

Although Arsenal signed Sanogo, the likely replacements for Giroud are Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski who scored a combined 25 goals mainly from the wings, which only highlights the damage they could cause if they played centrally. 

Alternatively they have England prodigy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and rejuvenated veteran Tomas Rosický who could fill in gaps in attack.

With Arsenal yet to spend anything this summer, any new quality signings are likely to give them an advantage over their noisy neighbours.


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