Tottenham have always been in the shadows of their glorious neighbors Arsenal ever since manager Arsene Wenger took charge of the Gunners back in 1996. He has never finished below their London rivals, and it saw a remarkable end to last season for Arsenal, coupled with a catastrophic string of poor displays by Tottenham which allowed Arsenal to sneak past through them into the top 4 last time around.
The two clubs have also had a stark difference in the business done regarding transfers in the summer. Arsenal have just signed youngster Yaya Sanogo for free whereas Tottenham have signed Brazilian international Paulinho for £17 million along with spending another £25.6 million on Spanish striker Roberto Soldado plus buying Nacer Chadli from Twente for a fee of £7 million. They are also about to announce their record transfer of Brazilian playmaker William for £30 million.
The work done in the transfer market was seemingly reflected in the two clubs’ opening fixture. Arsenal were shocked by Aston Villa as they lost 3-1 at home while Tottenham got the 3 points against Crystal Palace. As it stands, the two teams are in the opposite ends of the league table. The transfers done by Tottenham have given the club renewed hope of coming out of Arsenal’s shadow and to finally finish above them for once.
Their Belgian midfielder Dembele spoke to the media regarding the transfers and the targets of the team as reported by Metro, Dembele said, “We had quite a good season last year but at the end we didn’t make what we aimed for,”
“But this year we have learned from this and we can’t make the same mistakes again.”
“We have the quality (to make the top four). It’s going to be very difficult because everyone has spent money, but we have bought some good players too.”
With the fortunes of the two clubs showing a massive contrast at the moment, do you see Tottenham finally managing to beat Arsenal by finishing above them this time around?