It comes with the territory I suppose and is probably the case with most local rivals, but the manager´s of Arsenal and Tottenham have often had little spats and obviously a great deal of rivalry. In recent years, of course, that has meant Arsene Wenger against a long line of coaches that have tried, with some coming very close but all failing, to finish above the Gunners in the Premier League.
It was not just bragging rights they were after though, but a coveted place in the Champions League. One manager who gave Wenger a proper run for his money and did actually get the spuds into Europe´s elite was Harry Redknapp, and the former White Hart Lane boss has really surprised me by talking up Arsenal chances in this year´s tournament.
As reported by Squawka.com, he believes that Wenger´s team and squad do now have the attacking talent and a strong enough defence to really compete.
Harry also feels that the bit of luck that Arsenal got in the draw for the knockout phase could be just the boost and the inspiration we need to really give it a go this season. We have seen before with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United that a bit of luck can make a massive difference in winning the big one. In previous years if you bet on Arsenal to win the elite competition you may as well have stuck your money into slot machines, but this time Old ‘Arry seriously believes we have a real chance in this campaign.
He said, “The Gunners would be my dark horses for the Champions League because when you get a bit of luck like they have had, you start to think this could just be the year when your name is going to be scratched on the trophy.
“They are coming together nicely as an attacking force, and I don’t think their defence is as dodgy as some people like to make out.”
Redknapp is currently starring in a TV ad for a betting site, but is it worth putting a few quid on his pick of Arsenal as dark horses for European cup glory?