The Rapid Fall of Arsenal & Tottenham

By on May 13, 2011

The two North London clubs; Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. Both of them have dropped off the pace rapidly towards the end of the season and here’s my take on it.

We’ll look at Arsenal first, then at Tottenham and then both as a whole.

Arsenal

The ’88 minute Mentality’ seems to be a problem for Arsenal this season, call it lack of drive or simply the lack mental strength in their squad, but Arsenal simply can’t last the distance. This was especially emphasized against Liverpool. Can you seriously tell me how in the world they conceded after scoring that goal 6 minutes into added time?!

Personally, as a Liverpool Fan, I honestly admit that Arsenal kinda deserved the three points, simply because Liverpool had nothing offensively minded to offer up until after RvP’s penalty goal.

‘Too many dropped points” I always hear the commentators say about Arsenal’s season, as they have dropped way too many points from a winning position, over 15 points i believe.  Arsenal simply need a reshuffle in their squad. Now they have the funding, let’s see what they can do with it.

Tottenham

I shall compare this with a Liverpool example once again. Look at it from my perspective, remember back then when apparently Tottenham had ‘a shot at winning the Premier League this season’? Well, compare that to Liverpool being ‘dangerously close to relegation’ during the Hodgson era.

If you want to play in the Premier League, you simply can’t drop so many points. And look at where Tottenham are now, languishing a place below Liverpool, without even a spot in Europe to play in the Europa League, perhaps a league that noone wants to play.

GOALKEEPERS

Both teams have had their fair share of issues to do with their goalkeepers this season, the main culprits of both these teams are Gomes (need we say much more) and Almunia (perhaps we don’t even have to talk about this one)

Who could forget the mistakes, Gomes’ mistake against Blackpool where he saved a penalty and then conceded one 30 seconds later, or the howler at Stamford Bridge. And Almunia, remember West Brom, both home and away? Racing out to meet the ball, and letting a simple shot squirm into the net?

Both Arsenal and Spurs should be looking to sign a top goalkeeper this summer.

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans

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9 Comments

  1. Jock

    May 14, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Almunia is already history at Arsenal, and Schezny is near to cementing the position permanently. Another top defender plus a genuine finisher will see them challenge again next season. Gomes is an opponents dream and needs replacing along with the passengers in Tottenham’s bloated squad.

  2. bc

    May 14, 2011 at 12:12 am

    You say Arsenal need to sign a top keeper. We currently have 2 Polish full internationals, an Italian U21, plus 3 other young professionals. That is without Almunia and Lehmann. Supposing we sign a top keeper, how do you think we will keep Sczcesney, Fabianski, Mannone, Shea, Martinez and McDermott happy none of who can play U18 football next season.

  3. PTangYangKipperBang

    May 14, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Arsenal don’t need to sign a keeper.

  4. PTangYangKipperBang

    May 14, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Samba, Parker and a clinical finisher will make Arsenal really rock imo.

  5. BergkampHenry

    May 14, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Id look into Sakho and Vertonghen, between them they cover CB, LB, and CDM. alternatively, i would look into one of them and consider the more attack-minded parker or udinese’s Inler. A clinical striker to replace Bendtner would be fantastic too!

  6. The BearMan

    May 14, 2011 at 10:35 am

    The expectations of players and coaches right through the entire Arsenal football model needs a major alteration. When starting out a season with the sole ambition on finishing in second place, you know we ain’t gonna win a thing. That is telling “professionals” half measures is good enough. So in April players go on a spending spree for beach wear. No motivation!

    When player are made aware that the only reason they are here us to win titles, you see a difference on the park week by week. If player started seeing their names on the transfer list due to under achieving Arsenal would have had a more balanced squad now. Image for a moment Arshavin putting on weight and Rosciky burnt out after ten minutes on the field. Denilson can’t cross the ball and Almunia still picking up wages at Arsenal, what message does that give to players??? The worse I play, the safer is my position. When coaches knew their necks are also on the line for turning out unfit players – only then will changes occur at AFC.

    • samuel

      May 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      When it comes to crossing a ball look no further than useless Walcott and our two inept wingbacks Sagna and Clichy ,the very
      reason why so much reliance on van Persie to get the goals,Chamakh and Bendtner wou
      ld score aplenty if only the crosses came over,but they don,t go back to dozing off?

  7. GoonerS

    May 14, 2011 at 11:11 am

    No keeper required.
    One top quality centre back
    One left back
    One top quality CD midfield player
    One Centre forward.

    If Cesc goes add a mid field player.

  8. Mick

    May 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I seem to remember the Liverpool goalie Reina gifting Arsenal a goal in the opening game of the season, maybe Liverpool have an issue in this position as well.

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