Up until this season if you had suggested to an Arsenal fan that their pals at the other end of the Seven Sisters Road had a stronger squad you would have probably been chased all the way back to Edmonton.
However, as the season progresses and Arsenal’s results and performances get weirder and weirder, it has become painfully obvious to a lot of Gooners that the superiority over their neighbours that they once took for granted, might be about to come to an end.
At the time of writing both teams are, along with Everton, the key contenders for that fourth Champions League slot. If you asked me though who I think will be hosting Champions League games next season I’d say it is more likely to be Spurs – and this from a Gooner. And it isn’t just me. Catch them in a more reflective moment and many Arsenal fans would agree that their worst fears might soon be about to be realised.
I have gone through both squads and compared the Arsenal and Spurs players (to be fair I am way more familiar with the Gunners, but I have watched a lot of the Spuds on the TV this season) and the sad part is that, while it is still pretty close, in certain key areas, Tottenham have the edge. There is probably a greater number of Spurs players who I wish were wearing red and white than probably since the late 80s, and fewer Arsenal men that Spurs fans covet.
So, take the tour and say what you think in the comments. Like most Arsenal fans I remain optimistic, but that optimism is born out of two things – 1 A feeling that we have managed to sneak a Champions League slot so many times before. 2 That Ivan Gazidis isn’t kidding when he says that Arsene Wenger has plenty of cash to spend in January. Whether Arsene spends it though is another matter.
Wide players - Spurs
Gareth Bale to Arsenal. Oh, go on then. Like many millions of Gunners I'd thought, or maybe that should be wished, that Bale would already be off to Barcelona or Madrid. But it seems like he loves Spurs so much. I do wonder though if he will be off in the summer if Spurs don't make the Champions League. I think Levy will raise a massive amount for him. It makes it even more galling that Wenger keeps raiding Southampton - we'll be getting Shaw, their left back next - but missed the big one. Our left-sided winger Podolski has been Arsenal's biggest disappointment this season. Apart from a few useful goals, he has significantly under achieved and has a bad habit of going AWOL and not helping out defensively. As for the Walcott - Lennon debate, I don't think there is a great deal to choose between them. Walcott has pace, Lennon has trickery. When he has played this season Theo has invariably been Arsenal's best player. The gulf between the two sides would be much greater were he to go. Unless... Arsene signed Zaha. Both Arsenal and Spurs are in for the Palace wideman/striker and quite frankly he looks amazing. As for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain I am convinced he will be one of Arsenal's key players, not for a season or two though.