Redknapp: This is the major difference between Tottenham and Arsenal
By Dominic Toner
Jamie Redknapp believes that Tottenham are not carrying any passengers in the side unlike their north London rivals Arsenal.
Spurs have moved well ahead of the Gunners this season and are currently 17 points above them in the Premier League, but have played two extra games.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team are competing for the title and are now just four points adrift of league leaders Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are seventh in the league standings and are in serious danger of missing out on a top four spot.
Sky Sports pundit Redknapp has highlighted the major difference between the two teams and feels that Spurs have a very strong starting XI.
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“There are no passengers in this Tottenham team. Everybody is at it. Everybody is closing, pressing and they all buy in to it,” Redknapp said, as quoted by Sky Sports. “I’m not trying to dig out Arsenal here but in the Arsenal team at times, they do have passengers and people who don’t buy into the pressing side of the game.
“At Tottenham, it is completely different. You can see the energy they play at because the amount of times they win the ball up the pitch, it becomes infectious.”
Spurs demonstrated their strength on Saturday with a convincing 4-0 victory over Bournemouth and had four different goalscorers.
They have won their last eight consecutive games across all competitions and are putting serious pressure on Chelsea in the title race.
Spurs have four players that have scored 10-plus goals so far this campaign and Pochettino has managed to build a formidable squad.
In constrast, Arsenal are enduring a horrendous season so far and could miss out on the Champions League for the first time under Arsene Wenger.
They suffered a crushing 3-0 away defeat to Crystal Palace in their last game and desperately need a result when they face Middlesbrough on Monday night.
In other Tottenham news, Steven Gerrard has claimed that Spurs’ senior man is world class.