New signings Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, and Roberto Soldado all made English Premier League debuts for Tottenham in their opening day win against Crystal Palace. In contrast, Arsenal had no debutantes in their woeful home loss to Aston Villa after two goals by Christian Benteke sealed the Gunners fate.
This summer Tottenham have bolstered their squad and fixed old problems with their new additions. Roberto Soldado, signed from Valencia, was the man to slot away a 50th minute penalty kick as Tottenham were en route to a 1-0 away victory over newly promoted Crystal Palace.
On the other hand, Arsenal did not bolster their squad despite Arsene Wenger stating that he was excited by the prospect of having more money and more ability to spend. Opening day fortunes were just as fruitless as the Gunner's summer spending display. A disastrous 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa, who finished 15th place last season, completed Arsenal's disappointing summer.
After failing to sign a big-name striker, having missed out on Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez, Wenger's only new signing was Yaya Sanogo who completed a free transfer from Auxerre. Although an exciting young prospect, he is clearly not the quality striker Arsenal need to maintain a top four finish, as he is only 20 years of age and still maturing as a player.
So while Arsenal failed, their North London rivals prospered. Yes, it was only opening day and there is still a lot of season to play. However, this thought should worry Arsenal fans. Tottenham's new signings have yet to gel with the team, and after signing a quartet of world class players, as the season wears on and the squad becomes accustomed with playing together a top four finish is surely in the Spurs' destiny.
Arsenal have yet to experience the excitement of a marquee signing, and their squad doesn't have the same experience as Tottenham's does. After barely making the top four last season, this season does not seem as if it will be as fortuitous for Arsene Wenger and his team, unless he can bolster the squad with some quality players.
The race for the top four is expected to be just as intense as last season. The 2012-13 race for a Champions League spot culminated on an exciting final day where Arsenal were able to defeat Newcastle, and thus, beat Tottenham in the battle for fourth place.
Tottenham, inspired by their loss, went out into the market and improved their squad. Even with the possible selling of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, the new additions to the squad should be able to make up for the potential loss of Bale, and more. In contrast, Arsenal seem to be resting on their laurels. Since the appointment of Arsene Wenger, the Gunners have never finished their campaign outside of the top four. Although, all of that could change because of Andre Villas-Boas' squad, who are stronger than ever.
Arsenal will have to spend, spend, spend. Otherwise, they can say good bye to Champions League football, who will welcome back a rejuvenated Tottenham Hotspur.
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