Last season ended with agony for Tottenham Hotspur FC, who narrowly missed out to Arsenal for the final spot in the UEFA Champions League. Arsenal booked their place into the competition, and it was all the sweeter as they pipped their bitter London rivals to the spot.
During the entire summer, Arsenal were expected to make a big name signing, given the fact that they had a massive £70 million available to them. Tottenham in the meantime, went about shortlisting and buying their transfer candidates without making any fuss.
Fast forward to Transfer Deadline Day, and Tottenham had spent in excess of £100 million which saw the likes of Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Paulinho arrive at White Hart Lane. Arsenal, on the other hand, had just Mathieu Flamini and Yaya Sanogo, both free transfers, to show for their efforts.
Wenger then went ahead and completed a Deadline Day coup of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for £42.4 million. The transfer definitely excited the Arsenal fans and shocked the entire footballing world, but Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has stated that even though Arsenal have signed a star in Ozil, they have overpaid for him, and that Tottenham have still done better business than their London neighbors.
Daily Mail report him as saying, “Real Madrid sold a player for €50 million; a wonderful, gifted footballer and in the end Arsenal paid heavily for a player of that dimension.”
“It’s a €50m transfer for a No 10 who nobody has any doubt over his ability. They have lots of players for that position but they have become stronger with Ozil.”
“We are happy with what we have done in the transfer window, extremely happy. Arsenal did a great last-minute coup with Ozil but they will be as competitive as they were before.”
“All of us have done good business in the transfer window — Man City and us maybe a little bit more than Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.”
Would you agree with Villas-Boas? Have Tottenham done better business out of the two?