In most rivalries, particularly the big ones, there is one team better than the other. An example of this is Wolverhampton and Aston Villa. Villa are in the league above. However in North London, and Manchester and Liverpool, this difference is less obvious.
All Arsenal fans think Arsenal are the best. All Tottenham fans think Tottenham are the best, but is there any way of clearly defining the two clubs? For the last few years, Arsenal have stolen the last Champions League spot from Tottenham, when it looked like they would be heading for the Europa League. Last year Andre Villas-Boas said that Arsenal were in free fall. Arsenal finished fourth. Spurs were fifth.
But is qualifying for the Champions League the only way of defining which side is better. This year it is safe to say Spurs have "bought big". Over £90 million was spent on the likes of Soldado, Paulinho and Lamela. Arsenal spent £42.5 on Ozil.
I'm not a believer in buying a squad, but every Gooner has to admit that Tottenham are going to be a formidable force this year. Although they failed to score a goal in open play in their first three league matches, they have shown strong midfield quality, mainly from other new boy Christian Eriksen. This now leads to the question raised earlier. Which team will finish higher, or even lift the trophy at the end of the season. Either way one part of the Islington area will be flying their flags and the shouts of "Thursday night, channel 5" will undoubtedly echo from one of these areas.
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