5 Reasons Why Arsenal Will Own Tottenham Hotspur for Next 5 Years
This has been a good campaign for Arsenal's domination over Tottenham. The Gunners are eight points ahead of their rivals in the Premier League table and have beaten them three times this season across two different competitions.
Arsenal's period of superiority shows no signs of ending. In this piece, we look at five factors that will enable them to keep their neighbours at heel between now and 2019.
Champions League Money
Arsenal regularly qualify for the Champions League and are on course to do so again. In each of the last two seasons, they have done this at the expense of Spurs.
Both Arsenal and Tottenham are clubs that live within their means. However, without the added revenue from the Champions League, Spurs will always struggle to compete on a financial footing with the Gunners.
Arsenal have something of a hoodoo over Tottenham. In each of the last two seasons, Spurs have been well ahead of Arsene Wenger's team, only to stumble and fall at the final hurdle. They just can't seem to shake off the psychological hold that Arsenal have over them.
In 2013/14, the Gunners have beaten Tottenham three times without conceding a single goal. The gap between the two sides appears to be widening.
Arsenal have had the same manager for nearly two decades. Tottenham have had two in the past year, and if rumours on the BBC are to be believed, they are lining up a third.
Without any kind of stability, it is very difficult for Tottenham to build momentum. Even if Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal this summer, which appears unlikely, you can be sure the new man will be given plenty of time to make an impact.
Arsenal's chairman, Sir Chips Keswick, is a quiet gentleman who wouldn't dare interfere with football matters at the club. Tottenham's Daniel Levy is another thing entirely.
Levy is the puppetmaster behind the scenes at Spurs. If a manager is sacked, it's on his recommendation. He is responsible for the chronic instability at the club. With him at the helm, it will be difficult for Spurs to become a credible force.
Emerging Young Talent
The list of promising young talent at Arsenal rolls off the tongue: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Serge Gnabry, Yaya Sanogo. There are even more waiting in the wings.
Who do Spurs have as an equivalent? Danny Rose? Harry Kane?
Arsenal's squad has plenty of room to develop and grow, thus ensuring that the Gunners are unlikely to be knocked off their North London perch any time soon.
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