Three reasons why Arsenal must envy PL rivals Tottenham
COMMENT By Matt Farr
The north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham is one of football’s fiercest rivalries, but the difference between the two sides this season has been quite pronounced.
But it is Tottenham that look set to take the spoils this season, breaking the norm by finishing above Arsenal for the first time in 21 years.
Things simply have not gone Arsenal’s way this season, but further salt will continue to be rubbed into the Arsenal wounds as long as they keep trailing Tottenham.
Intriguingly, Arsenal could learn a thing or two from their rivals this term, and here Football Insider reveals three reasons why they should be envious of Spurs.
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First and foremost, Tottenham’s squad has performed much better than Arsenal’s. That has been made pretty clear this season in their respective league positions.
There is quality in both camps, but Tottenham have soared ahead this season, and they look a much better fit for a Premier League title challenge.
Except perhaps in the case of Alexis Sanchez, each Tottenham star could be considered an upgrade on the current Arsenal first-team squad.
Hugo Lloris is better than Petr Cech, while attacking duo Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have far outshone Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.
Arsenal ball-winner Francis Coquelin, meanwhile, should be having the same impact as his Tottenham counterpart, Victor Wanyama, but he has fallen well-short.
The Gunners need to make vast improvements this summer to be back in contention. Tottenham, on the other hand, don’t.
Another pressing concern for Arsenal is the manager. Arsenal fans have spent much of the season praying that Arsene Wenger quits the club, while Tottenham have been praying Mauricio Pochettino stays put.
It’s a stark contrast to moments in the two club’s histories, and it is a worrying sign – for one side at least.
Pochettino has done exceptionally well with this Tottenham squad, transforming them into genuine title contenders, although there is still much work to be done, particularly in Europe.
Arsenal, meanwhile, look to be on the decline under Wenger. The manager has looked devoid of all ideas in recent months, and is being pushed towards the exit door this summer by the fans.
They want someone who can bring Arsenal back from the dead and realistically challenge for titles, and as it stands, Pochettino looks more likely to do that than Wenger.
Tottenham have been quite brilliant. Arsenal, quite simply haven’t.
Pochettino’s side showcased their brilliance in a 4-0 demolition of Watford in the Premier League on Saturday, even in the absence of star striker Harry Kane.
Rewind to January, and Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by the same Watford side at the Emirates.
Tottenham are thriving in an attacking, fluent style, and it is paying dividends with victory after victory, and goal after goal. It should be the other way round.
Arsenal, however, have lost their fear factor. Teams have sensed a vulnerability to their game this season and have capitalised.
In other Tottenham news, a Sky Sports pundit has delivered his verdict on Vincent Janssen.