Harry Redknapp delivers scathing verdict on Arsenal squad, compares to rivals Tottenham
By Matt Farr
Harry Redknapp insists Alexis Sanchez would be the only Arsenal player deserving of a place in the current Tottenham team.
The comments from the former Tottenham boss come after Arsenal were haplessly beaten 3-0 by relegation-threatened Crystal Palace on Monday night, a defeat which left them sixth in the Premier League.
Arsenal have been far from their best this season, and arguably for a number of years, but their dramatic fall from grace will be further amplified this term with a potential finish behind Tottenham on the cards.
They are currently 14 points adrift of their north London rivals, who are in second, and Redknapp believes the difference in quality between the two sides is so pronounced that only one Arsenal player would make the Spurs line up.
In his column for the Standard, the 70-year-old delivered a scathing verdict of the Arsenal squad.
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He wrote: “Alexis Sanchez is the only Arsenal player who would get into the Tottenham starting line-up. Spurs look like they are in a different league and that’s how far the balance of power has swung.
“The main reason is Arsenal have wasted millions on average players over the past few years. The two big signings last summer, Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka, have been very, very poor.
“The injured Laurent Koscielny aside, the back-four is worthy of a bottom-eight team. Some of the other players have probably been there for too long now. A lot of them are lucky to be playing for Arsenal.”
Sanchez, 28, has contributed 22 goals and 18 assists for Arsenal in all competitions this season, but none of his team mates at the Emirates have even come close to matching his influence.
Theo Walcott has scored 19 goals, but the lack of stand out quality and the continued absence of match-winners has left Arsenal trailing in the race to finish in the Premier League’s top four.
But Arsenal’s problems could be typified by the potential loss of Sanchez this summer, with negotiations yet to begin over a new contract.
The Chile international has just one year left to run on his current deal, but could quit the club – like many others before him – in pursuit of silverware, with the club looking set to miss the cut for the Champions League.
In contrast, Tottenham boast a squad full of quality this season, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min all contributed to one of the most prolific attacking line-ups in the division.
Meanwhile, they also boast the best defensive record in the Premier League, courtesy of consistent performances from Victor Wanyama, Kyle Walker, Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld, to name a few.
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