Arsenal & Tottenham: Polar Opposites – Arsenal Tottenham Preview
Arsenal Tottenham Preview – So much was promised to the Arsenal fans at the start of June when Ivan Gazidis, the Chief Executive of Arsenal F.C sat down in front of the fan shareholders to discuss their transfer plans for the coming months. He filled them up with hope & dreams of a £100 Million budget in which Arsene Wenger would use to lure the ‘finest’ talent from around Europe’s top leagues.
However, now, with only five days remaining in the transfer window, Arsenal fans remain frustrated with only 2 free signings arriving, Yaya Sanogo, a French under 20 international from League 2 side Auxerre along with former gunner Flamini (29) which was announced very recently.
Just 3 stops on the northbound Piccadilly line would see you arrive at White Hart Lane, where Andre Villas Boas has been spending all summer scouring the globe to bring in as much talent as possible with the impending Bale transfer to Real Madrid funding his endeavours.
AVB has now smashed Spurs’ transfer record on 3 separate occasions in this window. Firstly, Paulinho has been brought in from Corinthians. He starred in the Confederations cup held in Brazil recently winning the 3rd best player of the year and cost the Lilly Whites £17 million. Wenger had hesitated in his pursuit of Paulinho in the previous summer transfer window. He had offered the Brazilian side £7m, when in fact Corinthians demanded £10m. This dilly-dallying approach has become Wenger’s trademark in recent years with the likes of Juan Mata & Gonzalo Higuian both departing to different clubs due to the Frenchman’s reluctance to dig into his ‘war chest’ (as it is so often referred to).
This lackadaisical approach may come back to haunt Wenger & Arsenal as they face even stiffer competition for the top 4 spot this year with Paulinho adding to an already impressive Spurs side.
AVB did not stop with the capture of one of Brazil’s finest stars. He has also brought in Spanish hit-man Soldado, with a fee of £26 million attached. He arrived from Valencia with an impressive goal scoring record in La Liga behind him. The Spanish international has now hit over 15 goals in his previous three seasons in the Spanish first division and will surely help ease the departure of Gareth Bale by adding much needed goals.
Lastly, with the North London Derby fast approaching, AVB thought it wise to invest in another gem – Eric Lamela, who was captured from Roma for a fee of £30 Million. The 21 year old Argentinian winger has been tipped as the next Ronaldo & he described signing for Tottenham as a “dream move”.
The big signings for Tottenham and lack of them at Arsenal, all seems to point towards a tough day for Arsene Wenger’s men on Sunday. An injury hit Arsenal side will have to rally the home support and muster whatever fight they have left in them after two gruelling Champions League Play-off games against Fenerbahce. However, like in football, you do not give up in the 85th minute & Arsenal fans will hope that in these final few days of the long transfer window, Wenger will still have a few tricks up his sleeve.
– Joe Nelson