Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have had two very different months in the transfer market.
Whereas Spurs have strengthened their squad, Arsenal have not added anything of note, so could this season be the turning point where Spurs finally overtake Arsenal?
For years, Arsenal have been the undisputed kings of north London, and Tottenham have always been behind them, struggling to reach Champions League places. Arsene Wenger has got his side there every year.
However in recent years, and especially this summer, Spurs have looked to grow, and to the outside eye appear brighter than Arsenal.
Spurs and Arsenal have had contrasting summers.
Firstly in management, although both sides have stuck with their managers, Arsenal have opted for the experienced route, with Arsene Wenger, whereas Spurs have stuck with their young gun, Andre Villas Boas.
AVB looks hungry determined and ready to turn Tottenham into a Champions league club, as his dealings in the transfer market have proved. Spurs have broken their spending record twice in this window with Paulinho coming in for £17million and Roberto Soldado coming in for £26million.
Not only that but Spurs look set to break it again with the likely arrival of Brazilian Willan, for somewhere in the region of £30million. Although Gareth Bale looks like he is on his way out, AVB has really prepared Tottenham’s squad for this season and future seasons. As a result Spurs enjoyed an opening weekend victory away to Crystal Palace, where the new signings shined.
The very opposite is happening at Arsenal.
Many big name players have passed them by, with Arsenal not looking like they know how to sign.
Brazilian Midfielder Luiz Gustavo even chose Wolfsburg who are not playing Champions League football over Arsenal who are. That in its self shows that there are problems at Arsenal, problems that big name players want no part of.
Arsenal’s biggest problem is they have no depth of squad. It has been said by pundits from all over that Arsenal’s first eleven are a match for anybody, but after that they have no cover.
Their next game at Fulham they will be forced to play Bacary Sagna at centre back, through lack of defensive options.
The signings and results, in what is likely to be a tough season for Arsenal and a joyful one for Tottenham, really do indicate that there may well be a power shift happening in north London for the years to come.
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