The North London rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham was hotly contested last season. For the first time in Premier League history, both clubs finished in the top three in the same year, as the Gunners edged Spurs by a single point.
Next season, neither side will settle for anything less than a Premier League title.
Both sides have world-class talent, but it hasn’t translated to Premier League titles. Tottenham have never won the Premier League, while Arsenal’s drought has reached 12 years now. With Leicester unlikely to repeat their triumph of last season, especially after selling N’Golo Kante, the North London sides are among the favourites.
Arsene Wenger is expected to address his club’s shortcomings this summer. Among them are a collective failure to score on clear-cut chances and inconsistency along the backline.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino needs to find additional goal-scorers alongside Harry Kane. He recently acquired striker Vincent Janssen for that reason.
Kane could move to the attacking centre mid slot, effectively pushing worthy players down the pecking order. Meanwhile, Tottenham’s onslaught of quality defenders has buried skilled, youngsters down the depth chart.
Many of them would fit nicely into Wenger’s lineup. These are the THREE Tottenham players better off at Arsenal…
Last summer Tottenham paid Bayer Leverkusen £22million for the South Korean winger. But after a windy season characterised by riddling injuries and inconsistency on the pitch, Son’s future with the North London side looks bleak.
Tottenham have several worthy midfielders vying for playing time. Between the likes of Dele Alli and Erik Lamela, along with centre midfielders Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembélé, filling the attacking midfield is no issue for Pochettino.
Son will struggle to separate himself, and the club has appeared to look elsewhere for creativity on the right wing. At this point, a change of scenery will better suit the South Korea international.
Meanwhile, Arsenal struggled to consistently convert goal scoring chances last season. The club has desperately searched for prolific goal-scorers this summer and adding someone with Son’s potential would serve the club well.
Tottenham have arguably the best centre back duo in the Premier League in Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. As a result, Kevin Winner has had limited chances to prove himself.
The 23-year-old has excelled with limited opportunity, though. Vertonghen was injured for 10 matches last term, but Wimmer filled in admirably, and Tottenham only lost one game during that span.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker has now turned 31. The Arsenal captain is an indispensable figure in the dressing room, but his pace slowed a bit last season.
Wenger should invest in a young talent like Wimmer who would eventually replace Mertesacker as Laurent Koscielny’s partner.
Eriksen is another Tottenham midfielder lost in the pack of quality options. It’s unclear how Pochettino’s classic 4-2-3-1 formation will look now that Janssen has joined the side.
If the Dutchman is deployed as the top striker, and Kane moves behind him as a No.10, that leaves only two more attacking midfield spots left for Eriksen, Alli, Lamela, Dembélé and Son.
Eriksen is only 24-years-old and played well for Tottenham last season, but he is better suited at Arsenal, where his ability to hold shape and clinical passing would fit nicely alongside Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil.
Injuries have hindered Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere’s impact in the middle.
Arsenal missed more clear-cut chances than any team this season. Eriksen would help reduce that issue.