Opinion: Harry Redknapp is wrong to think Arsenal and Spurs are in the same predicament

Former manager Harry Redknapp has claimed that both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will struggled to finish much higher next season, with Wolves worthy of finishing closer to the top four than the two North London clubs.

The 73 year-old claims that the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United will likely fill the top four next season, along with the current top two of Liverpool and Manchester City.

Redknapp then goes onto claim that Arsenal’s opponents from later on today have to be taken seriously, and on the back of their results over the past two seasons, as well as their impressive displays in Europe to boot, there is little to argue.

Harry told talkSPORT (via the Star): “You look at [Spurs] going forward, like Arsenal, are those two teams going to be in the top four next year?

“I see Man City and Liverpool as the top two, then you’ve got Man United and Chelsea, you’ve got teams emerging like Wolves…

“I don’t see it for them next year, it’s going to be tough again for the two clubs in north London.”

While it is harsh to lump us and Tottenham in the same boat, our current league position does put us very close together.

I can’t help but refute that we are destined to struggle again next term though, especially given our form since the turn of the year.

Mikel Arteta has already made vast improvements in our playing squad, despite very little change in personnel.

Pablo Mari, Eddie Nketiah and Cedric Soares were all added to the playing squad in January, but it is the way in which we have played under the new coach that deserves focus.

When you look at 2020 alone, we would sit third in the Premier League table only taking into account those results, while Spurs would be down in 12th incredibly.

Is Redknapp crazy to think we will struggle to challenge for the top four next term? Does he seriously think we are as far from the European places as our noisy neighnbours?


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  1. Not far fetched. We are average at best far from fighting for top four. I will analyse our chances after seeing who we have signed.

  2. Sorry Harry but you are out of date mate. You need to watch AFC and their reserves to see how far ahead they are compared with the Spuds. Never forget that Arteta has improved the team amazingly and all this with 5 top players out until next season! Leno, Martinelli, Chambers, Torreira, Ozil and Guendouzi. The last two because they don’t fit in. I would love to see just how good the teams above would cope with shattering injuries that we have suffered this year and for six previous years. Check it out! Arteta has a vision and hopefully he gets in who he wants and gets shot of the ones who are not our class. Harry mate, you concentrate on the perpetual failures that is Tottenham.

    1. Arsenal wont get any better with those players ,unless they invest .maybe in three years time they start challenging for the top four

  3. On the face of it I’d have to say HR isn’t far off. Having said that I’d have Arteta any day over Mourinho who arrived with a fanfare and hasn’t improved Spurs at all. Arteta has done wonders and I’d expect Arsenal to finish above them next season if not this one too.

    Top four would be a miracle. Sometimes newly promoted teams have a few good years before fading but Wolves and SU have been brilliant. The top four is going to be more hotly contested than ever

  4. you have to think aswell Sheff Utd and Wolves have had no extra fixtures to deal with. No European competition to contend with and wolves were out of the cups early. Leicester will struggle with a conjested fixtures Europe will bring in too. Even though we have alot of average players, we have had alot more depth and struggled after thursday nights.

  5. “Is Redknapp crazy?” Only if you are a fantasist and not a realist like me and Redknapp! Redknapps opinions are what the majority of football fans across ALL clubs would expect, taking out all individual club bias, which this article fails to do, by even asking that question!

  6. considering the start we had under Emery I am amazed we are still in with a chance of playing in Europe next season.
    Arteta has done a great job so far, we have conceded far less goals, getting important wins away from home which we havent done for what seems like years.
    He’s even getting decent performances from Mustafi ( yes he still is a mistake waiting to happen and it might just be because he doesn’t have any fan hate to deal with on the pitch which i never condone anyway) which i am very impressed with his management, he’s instilled confidence in these players which i really thought was going to be impossible to achieve.
    personally i think Mr Redknapp is watching re-runs of the start of the season instead of what has been happening since teh turn of the year.
    You can go blow some bubbles up a chickens skirt and watch those south coasters you love so much get relegated!

    Also @suep i agree, i wouldnt take the omelette maker over Arteta either!

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