If there’s anything we all love in football, it’s a good ol’ fashioned derby match, wherever you are in the world.
Whether it’s the keenly contested battle of Scottish champions Rangers and Celtic to the competition for Merseyside, we all love it when football’s big guns come up against one another.
And in the capital, football’s biggest game normally rolls around when Spurs do battle with Arsenal in the South London derby. We’ve seen some fantastic games between the two in recent times, but what we’ve seen more and more over the past couple of seasons is how the gap has been closing in quality.
Tottenham, until extremely late on last season led the way for the Premier League title, and were arguably the only side to keep tabs on Leicester City the whole way through.
So with Spurs on the up, what could the Gunners learn from Pochettino’s side in the season ahead, based on what we saw last time out?
Here’s three suggestions…
This, on the surface might sound a little odd, but allow for some explanation.
Some Arsenal fans believe their side face the same sort of issues as the England national team when it comes to international tournaments- they just can’t perform.
Where the likes of Italy, Portugal and arguably even France can avoid being singled out as “big international sides”, England are branded as contenders from the start, and they’re seemingly struggling before they’ve even set off, and some feel the same with Arsenal.
Their fans expect results season-after-season, and we seem to see the same Wenger-esque arguments arising every season, regardless of who the manager signs. It’s a little like the FA- whoever is appointed, he will always face the wrath of the supporters, whatever happens out on the pitch.
For years, Spurs have managed to avoid this, and they can play care-free football because of it, which for them, is only a positive.
You can argue Spurs’ £90million transfer spending in 2013 was just because they had the money from Gareth Bale, but credit the Spurs hierarchy, they do spend money when they think the club needs investment.
Yes, some of the signings didn’t work out and some just took time to settle, but you always get the feeling Tottenham are never going to be short of funding, if the manager feels he needs to improve his side.
Much like the stadium, they’re funding that to improve and grow, and you just don’t get that feeling from Arsenal and Wenger.
The French manager’s obsession with panic-buying to appease supporters is getting a little old, and you can’t help but wonder if Kroenke and co could put their hands in their pockets to help the gaffer out a little more once in a while.
As English talent goes, Spurs really are topping the bill with their array on show these days. Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker come to mind when we are considering English gems that have done well at White Hart Lane over the past season, whereas Arsenal have struggled to develop theirs to their true potential.
We’ve seen the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshire (albeit through injury), Calum Chambers, Kieron Gibbs and Karl Jenkinson all fade away over the past couple of years.
And it could come down to that panic-buying we mentioned earlier. Whilst these players might need a bit of time to develop, supporters want big names and Wenger has conceded, signing the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez when he does have similar, English players in his ranks already.
We’re not trying to say that Spurs have developed every single English player to their maximum over the past decade or so, but right now, Pochettino is getting the best out of the Lions at his disposal.
It may lead Arsene to ask what the Argentinian is feeding his players for breakfast.