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.
Full backs - Arsenal
Again there is now very little to choose between the full backs of both clubs. On the left side Jan Vertonghen has been in sparkling form of late, in both snuffing out attacks and pushing forward to link up with Gareth Bale. But just as I imagine him in Arsenal colours I remember that Kieran Gibbs has been Mr Reliable for Arsenal this season and he is one of the best crossers of the ball in the Gunners' team. If only he could stay injury-free. Assou-Ekotto looked quality too before he got injured. On the right I have always liked the look of Kyle Walker and he has shown why he is pushing Glenn Johnson hard for the England right back berth. However Arsenal shade it for Bacary Sagna, who has been arguably the most consistent right back in the Premiership for several years. He is ably supported by Carl Jenkinson, who after a very shaky start now looks set to be the Gunners' future right back.