Tottenham too good for Arsenal

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something Blue - four of the five reasons why Tottenham will finish above Arsenal this season.

Not for 21 years have Spurs retained bragging rights over their north London rivals, but this year, as far as I can see the tide is finally turning.

Yes, Arsenal may be at their weakest for many a year, following the sale of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, and Arsene Wenger has been unsuccessful in papering over the cracks with the panic-buying of no less than five deadline day signings.

However, it is in fact Spurs boss Harry Redknapp who has been the most astute in the transfer market - giving Tottenham fans plenty of reason for optimism this year, despite their early season humbling at the hands of both Manchester clubs.

After kick-starting their season with an away win at Wolves last weekend, Tottenham followed up that result with an impressive home performance against nine-man Liverpool - brushing the Reds aside yesterday with a 4-0 victory, and duly sending out a message to the rest of the division.

There is no question that Spurs have one of the most talented squads in the Barclays Premier League. Having fended off constant interest in star turn Luka Modric, Redknapp has also strengthened in key areas meaning they have more than a realistic chance of bringing UEFA Champions League football back to White Hart Lane next season.

With Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea shaping up to be the most likely challengers for the Barclays Premier League title - I give you five reasons why Tottenham will see off the challenge of both Liverpool and Arsenal, for that all-important fourth spot.


1. Brad Friedel

The summer signing of 40-year-old Brad Friedel has added invaluable experience to Tottenham's back line. With question marks hanging over the ability and temperament of Heurelho Gomes', who was always prone to an error, Spurs certainly look stronger with the American between their sticks as he looks to build on his record-breaking 279 consecutive appearances in the Barclays Premier League.

2. Scott Parker

The deadline day arrival of last season's Football Writers' Player of the Year passed seemingly under the radar such was the madness that ensued on the eve of the transfer window. But make no mistake, Parker's capture should be regarded as right up there with the very best of the summer signings.

In his two appearances so far, he boasts a 100 per cent win ratio, and has slotted seamlessly into the Spurs midfield with consummate ease, allowing Luka Modric the freedom and space to work to devastating effect.

His efficiency and poise at the heart of the side, gives Redknapp's players improved shape and rhythm, and in time will get the best out of the Croatian playmaker in what could be looked upon as one of the strongest central midfield partnerships in the country.

3. Emmanuel Adebayor

Harry Redknapp has used the loan market to his advantage having convinced Manchester City to part with the Togolese striker for at least a season.

In Adebayor, Tottenham have acquired a proven Barclays Premier League goalscorer - and despite his Arsenal connections, three goals in two games for Spurs will have already gone a long way to winning over the White Hart Lane faithful.

The striker's link-up play with Jermain Defoe has looked impressive, and with Rafael van der Vaart and Roman Pavlyuchenko also thrown into the equation, there is certainly no shortage of attacking talent available to Spurs.

4. Luka Modric

The biggest surprise of the summer was perhaps the fact that Modric DIDN'T complete a summer switch across London to rivals Chelsea, despite attempting to engineer a move away from White Hart Lane.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy never once changed his stance after insisting the player would not be sold to the Blues, or anyone else, for any price. And they are now reaping the rewards as Modric begins to turn in match-winning displays that will be fundamental to Tottenham's chances of success this season.

5. Ledley King

The club captain made his first appearance for Spurs in the away victory at Wolves, producing a typically assured performance at the heart of the defence.

King's ability has never been in question, but rather the injury troubles and extensive knee problems that have plagued his career.

However, it was a recurring groin injury, rather than his knee that restricted him to just nine appearances for Spurs last season, and the player is confident that his summer rehabilitation will allow him to play a central role in the side this year.

It's no coincidence that King's return has coincided with back-to-back wins and back-to-back clean sheets, and if the 30-year-old can stay fit, he will be a massive asset to Spurs this season.

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