AVB needs to forget Arsenal and focus on Tottenham

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Andre Villas-Boas needs to stop with his Arsenal obsession if Tottenham are ever to surpass their bitter rivals.

His latest comments on Arsenal - whilst both fair and timely - simply add to the unnecessary attention the Portuguese manager constantly gives his rivals.

Like a bitter ex seemingly unable to concentrate on their own affairs, Villas-Boas seems to feel the constant need to talk about the Gunners.

For all the positives going on at White Hart Lane at the moment, he still can't help himself but comment on Arsene Wenger's side.

This week his attention was drawn to Arsenal's fixture list.

Seeing Arsenal two points clear at the top of the table, Villas-Boas couldn't resist the urge to remind everybody that the Emirates club have some tricky games approaching.

Tottenham's next five Premier League fixtures include trips to Goodison Park, the Etihad and a game against Champions Manchester United - hardly the easiest run of games for the side currently a win behind the Gunners.

Arsenal's corresponding fixtures meanwhile, whilst including games against Liverpool and United, also include two games against teams currently in the bottom four.

Arguably, Tottenham's upcoming fixtures are harder.

And yet Villas-Boas focus was on the approaching games of Arsenal.

Maybe he was including Champions League games in his estimation? The competition Arsenal pipped Tottenham to last season.

When Spurs defeated Arsenal 2-1 in March last year - going seven points clear of their rivals in the process - AVB probably thought that his now famous 'negative spiral' remark would compile the misery on Wenger's side.

Instead, Arsenal rallied and finished the season in fourth place, storming past Tottenham and leaving the former Porto manager fuming.

Less than six months later and as the new season sprouted, he was at it again.

Again his attention was on Arsenal, again he was strangely insistent on talking about his rivals and again he was punished for it.

Ahead of their crunch derby clash at the Emirates earlier this season, Villas-Boas suggested his side were now better than the Gunners having strengthened heavily in the summer.

Arsenal at this point were yet to spend a penny - they went on to defeat Spurs 1-0.

Days later, you would imagine, his focus would be in regrouping his squad and starting a charge for the Champions League.


Arsenal had just smashed their transfer record with the signing of Mesut Ozil.

Or as AVB saw it, "Arsenal paid heavily for a player".

He went on to criticise the signing, saying the Gunners already had plenty of number 10's.

His recent comment is the latest in his back-catalogue of Arsenal obsession.

The current Tottenham squad is bristling with talent - easily enough to qualify for next season's premier European competition.

But if AVB insists on making it all about Arsenal, inevitably - again - it will be.

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