Every time Arsenal face Tottenham, we have stories hitting the press from their players or back room staff, claiming that Arsenal’s time is up and the Spuds are about to become a top three or four club. Yesterday it was the motormouth, William Gallas, and today the assistant manager Steffen Freund is putting his case forward.
Freund believes that Tottenham are getting closer and closer to Arsenal and that this could be the year they take the Champions League position of us. Arsene Wenger is probably glad of this every year, because he can use it as an incentive to the Arsenal players.
“We are very close to Arsenal now.
“This was not always the case in my time as a player with Tottenham. They were always involved in a title race, and we were some way behind in eighth or ninth, but this is changing.
“Spurs are in a better position now, and the gap has closed. It would be great to finish above Arsenal, but they have finished in the Champions league year after year, and that has given them a financial advantage over us.”
In some ways, Freund is right, Arsenal are not as good as they used to be in terms of challenging for the title. Whether that is because Arsenal are worse, or because of the money spent by Chelsea and Manchester City, it is a fact. Maybe Arsenal are better off financially than Tottenham, we certainly ought to be, but it has not been spent on players, ask any Gooner.
Unfortunately for Tottenham, they blew their big chance of finishing above Arsenal last year. The purple-faced football’s answer to Deputy Dawg (Harry Redknapp) lost the plot when he heard about the England job, and we pipped Spurs into third, Then Chelsea rubbed salt in to the wound by winning the Champions league.
If Tottenham feel they are closer to Arsenal this season, it is because we are struggling, not because they have got better. On Saturday, the Gunners will put them back in their place.