Harry Redknapp has insisted he would rather have Tottenham's squad than Arsenal's, despite the latter ending above their rivals in the Premier League table.
The Gunners cemented second place in the Premier League after they thrashed already relegated Aston Villa at the Emirates, while Tottenham were thumped by five goals to one at St James' Park against Newcastle.
It was a dismal day for Spurs, who had enjoyed a fine campaign under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino.
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Despite the club's failure to claim a place above their north London rivals - Arsenal have now finished above Spurs for the past 21 seasons - Redknapp, who previously managed Spurs, has insisted that the future is bright at White Hart Lane.
In fact, Redknapp has insisted that Arsenal are nowhere near their rivals and must sign some players to close the gap ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
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Redknapp has his say
"Wenger deserves enormous credit for finishing above Tottenham in the league, but I know which squad I would rather have," Redknapp wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
"Being brutally honest, Arsenal are very lucky to have finished the season second and Arsene needs to buy some players over the summer to get anywhere near Spurs.
"There will be a feeling of real disappointment around the place, but when the dust settles it's still been an outstanding season for Spurs.
"They have qualified for the Champions League, which is a huge thing for their chairman, Daniel Levy, and done it without having to go through the knockout stages.
"Arsenal need to buy, there is a lot of work to do. They desperately need a new centre-half and another striker to take them forward. Too many times this season they've been suspect in certain areas, whereas I can't see any real weaknesses in the Spurs team.
"Spurs will be hurting as they reflect on finishing third but, at the moment, their future certainly appears brighter."
Arsenal and Tottenham future
Considering Arsenal overtook their rivals, fans of the Gunners will no doubt be surprised by Redknapp's comments.
In all honesty, though, Redknapp does have a point: Spurs, despite their end of season slump, lasted longer in the title race than their rivals and have a number of exciting, young players at their disposal.
This campaign represented Arsenal's best opportunity in years to claim the Premier League trophy, but they weren't mentally strong enough to challenge Leicester City.
Tottenham, on the other hand, must move on in the pursuit of success. With Mauricio Pochettino at the helm, there's no reason why they won't be able to compete with the big boys once again next season.
Pochettino admitted, however, that Spurs' 5-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle was the 'worst day' in his managerial career.
The Spurs boss stated, as per the BBC: "I think today we showed that this wasn't a team that had played well through the whole season.
"I think this was my worst day as a manager in England or Spain."
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