For Spurs fans that’s been a nightmare, but it’s been steady progression – each season they can reasonably say their squad has improved.
In contrast, Arsenal fans have been urging Arsene Wenger to spend for years – pleading with him to open the chequebook for fear of losing their north London hegemony.
Well, we’re here to argue that Arsenal fans should not lose any sleep this season. Because here are five reasons – of varying degrees of persuasiveness – that indicate that Red will trump White in north London again this season.
1. Spurs have lost their best player
It’s pretty obvious, but when a team loses its talisman – in this case an attacker that scores 21 goals a season – then it’s bound to suffer.
They may have bought well, but they have nobody capable of winning games single-handedly, no true world-class talent, nobody capable of the West Ham, West Brom or Sunderland get-out-of-jail match-winners.
2. And Arsenal have signed the best player of the transfer window
Mesut Ozil is the best signing of the summer if you’re talking about pure talent. Forget the price tag for a second, he’s a genuine top 10 in the world player.
3. All those Tottenham signings need time to settle
When you bring in what effectively amounts to half a new starting eleven, you’re going to need time to settle. Arsenal, in contrast, have re-signed a former Arsenal player as cover and Mesut Ozil. Stability has its benefits.
4. Arsene Wenger has done it, Andre Villas-Boas hasn’t
Experience counts for a lot in football and previous history shouldn’t be discounted. Twice Tottenham have come exceptionally close to piping their rivals and twice they’ve failed. To think they could better that this year, having lost Gareth Bale, is difficult to reconcile with the facts.
5. European adventures
Tottenham face Anzhi, Tromso of Norway and Sheriff from Moldova in their Europa League group. That’s 5039 travel miles for Spurs.
Arsenal face Borussia Dortmund, Marseille and Napoli. That’s 1948 travel miles for the Gunners. Significantly less than half the distance and a more friendly schedule considering Thursday night matches often result in awkward kick-off times on Sunday afternoons.
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