Ian Wright was recently asked about the power shift in London, and begrudgingly suggested that Arsenal were in real danger of being overtaken by Tottenham, as reported by The Sun.
Spurs are currently ahead of us in the Premier League, unquestionably looking closer to challenging for the title than we are. They were chugging along solidly during the first half of the season, but they stepped up their game recently, demolishing Manchester United 3-0 in their last match.
It’s looking increasingly likely that there wont be a St Totteringham’s Day this year, which is obviously hugely disappointing. The year that has arguably been our best chance to win the Premier League in years, also happens to be the time we finish below Tottenham.
Wright claims there’s an excellent base to build on at Arsenal, with young players like Alex Iwobi, Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck, and Francis Coquelin coming through. Tottenham have a number of up and coming young stars too though, and Mauricio Pochettino seems to have managed an excellent balance between youth and experience.
“It’s hard for me to say it but with Spurs playing with intensity, quality and determination, the power shift is certainly around there,” he said.
“But with young players like Iwobi, Welbeck, Bellerin and Coquelin, Arsenal have something to build on.
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“Arsenal have stood still, while there’s been a mentality change for Tottenham.
“Mauricio Pochettino has slowly got his team playing at a tempo which teams are finding hard to deal with.
“When you sprinkle that with quality from the likes of [Harry] Kane, [Dele] Alli, [Toby] Alderweireld and [Hugo] Lloris, then the spine is so strong.
“Any Arsenal fan who says they are not worried about Spurs right now is being a bit closed off.”
There are still plenty of fans who refuse to accept that Tottenham are anything even resembling a good team. As much as we’d love to agree with them though, it’s simply delusional to ignore how good they’ve been this season.
It’s something Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have to be aware of too, and take into consideration what impact that could have on the upcoming seasons. The likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United aren’t likely to be as poor as they were at times this season, so there’s sure to be more competition for the Premier League title.
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If we don’t invest and make sure we overtake Tottenham yet again, then we’re at real risk of dropping out of not only the race for the Premier League, but for the top four too.