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Harry Redknapp: Tottenham have much brighter future than Arsenal

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Harry Redknapp couldn't resist a dig at Arsenal after the Gunners pipped his former club Tottenham to second place in the Premier League.

Despite leading their north London rivals for a considerable part of the season, Spurs somehow fell into third place on the final day of the season with a 5-1 humiliation at the hands of already relegated Newcastle.

Spurs had needed just a point, but Arsenal overtook them by continuing their recent run to beat doomed Aston Villa 4-0 at the Emirates.


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That has given Gunners fans bragging rights, and another celebration of 'St Totteringham's Day', but Redknapp insists they have very little to be smug about, as Tottenham actually have the stronger squad.


Writing in The Telegraph, the former Portsmouth, Southampton, and Spurs boss said of Mauricio Pochettino's side:

"They’ve got good young players, at least five of whom are in the England squad, and will be back challenging at the top again next season. They could go all the way and win the league. And if you were to ask me which team I would rather have, between Arsenal and Spurs, there’s really no competition.

"Spurs will be hurting today as they reflect on finishing third but, at the moment, their future certainly appears brighter.

"Arsenal need to buy, there is a lot of work to do. Too many times this season they've been suspect in certain areas, whereas I can’t see any real weaknesses in the Spurs team."


It is now 21 years since Spurs finished above Arsenal, and indeed they have never done it while Arsene Wenger has been in charge. Their fans can take some consolation in Redknapp's comments, though he himself is no stranger to a capitulation that has led to the club finishing below their rivals.

In 2012, the Lilywhites looked to be cruising to third place before Redknapp expressed an interest in the England job, which had just been vacated by Fabio Capello. His team collapsed, and they eventually finished fourth, missing out on the Champions League because Chelsea won the competition that year.

And as for the strength of their squads, Pochettino might have a better first team than Wenger, but the Newcastle defeat highlighted that the former needs to seriously work on his squad if they are to have any hope of finally making a name for themselves as London's top club.

Wenger, meanwhile, desperately needs to sign a striker capable of rivalling Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, as Olivier Giroud's hat trick against Villa has simply papered over the cracks.

Danny Welbeck's injury crises and Theo Walcott's loss of form have clearly deprived Arsenal of a cutting edge and while they may have just beaten Spurs this time around, they need serious work if they are to achieve something truly worth celebrating next season.

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