Why Arsenal Will Put Tottenham Back in Their Place Next Season

James McNicholas@@jamesmcnicholasFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2013

Why Arsenal Will Put Tottenham Back in Their Place Next Season

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    For much of this season, Tottenham have been North London's highest-placed Premier League club.

    In the last portion of the season Arsenal have edged ahead, and they are absolutely determined to stay there for the remaining three weeks. Tottenham have not finished above Arsenal in the league since 1995, and Arsenal would hate to see that dominance over their rivals overturned.

    Next season, the Gunners will hope they're able to finish well clear of their neighbours and restore the traditional pecking order.

    Go to the next slide to discover just why Arsenal will be able to dominate Tottenham in 2013-14.

Arsenal's Stars Will Have Adapted

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    When Arsenal were forced to sell Robin van Persie last summer, Arsene Wenger acted quickly to replace with him with a trio of celebrated attacking talent: Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.

    All three have enjoyed mixed seasons. Cazorla has started an impressive 44 games, and the hurly-burly of the Premier League has taken its toll on the diminutive Spaniard.

    Giroud has notched a respectable 17 goals in his debut season, although considering the chances Cazorla and others have provided he ought to have scored a few more.

    Podolski, meanwhile, has faded in the second half of the season, finding himself more often on the bench than in the starting line-up.

    Despite their struggles, the trio have amassed 43 goals between them.

    Next season, the trio will be fully adapted to the rigours of the Premier League and ready to make an even greater impression upon English football. Look out, Tottenham.

Andre Villas Boas Will Feel the Strain

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    After Tottenham Hotspur defeated Arsenal in March's North London Derby, Andre Villas Boas said:

    We are on an upward spiral in terms of confidence and they are in a negative spiral in terms of results.

    To [get] out of that negative spiral is extremely difficult.

    How the tables have turned since then. Tottenham won just one of their five matches in April.

    Thus far, Villas Boas has been unfettered by failure with Tottenham. However, his experience at Chelsea suggests that when the heat is on, the pressure can get to the Portugese coach.

    If Arsenal can beat them to Champions League qualification, Spurs may well enter a 'negative spiral' of their own.

Arsenal Are Set to Spend

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    Arsenal are in a stronger financial position than ever before. Their most recent financial results showed that they had £123m in cash reserves.

    After the results were published, chairman Peter Hill-Wood stated:

    Let me be quite clear that our intention is to keep our best players and recruit new talent to make us stronger.

    With Arsenal being linked with the likes of Fiorentina's Stefan Jovetic (Daily Mail), Tottenham will be anxious about Arsenal's capacity to improve the squad this summer.

Gareth Could Bail

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    Arsenal fans know what it's like to lose your best player.

    In the past two summers they have bid adieu to Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie.

    Tottenham fans will be fearful that this summer they might lose their own talisman: Gareth Bale.

    According to The Mirror, Real Madrid are already to make a £45m bid. If the Spurs were to lose Bale, the damage to both their morale and their team would be catastrophic.

    Arsenal, however, would be delighted to see the back of the Welshman's wing wizardry.

Jack Wilshere Will Be Ready

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    Jack Wilshere has the potential to be just as influential for Arsenal as Gareth Bale has been for Tottenham.

    They are different players. Bale is an impact player, making match-winning contributions in the final third. Wilshere is one of football's strategists, capable of dictating the pattern of an entire match from the centre of the park.

    This season, Wilshere has been in recuperation from a career-threatening absence of more than 18 months. However, in 2013-14 he will have had the benefit of a full pre-season.

    Jack Wilshere will be ready. Tottenham had better be, too.


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