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Three reasons why the ‘power-shift’ In North London is very much on

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Three Reasons Why The Power Shift Is On In North London

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was quick to point out that there is no shift of power in North London after Mauricio Pochettino’s side embarrassed Arsenal at the White Hart Lane recently. This is the first time in Wenger’s tenure that the Spurs will finish above Arsenal and there is a talk of a surging ‘power-shift’ in North London from the Emirates to the White Hart Lane.

“You cannot say the weight of one year has the weight of 20,” said Wenger before losing to Tottenham last weekend. He seems to believe that one year would not change the past but here are three reasons why this London power-shift is certainly on:

Team spirit

Though the likes of Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, and a number of Spurs stars are wanted in Europe, Pochettino has built a squad that will stay for a long time. Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Eric Dier are playing huge roles in this Tottenham team and they will not want to go anywhere. Knowing Tottenham, they will resolve their contract issues with players and will keep them for at least another season. Arsenal, on the other hand, could lose their core in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez if they fail to qualify for the Champions League and need a squad overhaul if they are to compete for the title anytime soon.


The ‘Wenger Out’ Brigade

It is a common sighting now all over the world. The Wenger Out brigade will certainly be in full voice, especially after the Spurs did the unthinkable this season: finishing above Arsenal in the league. This means that the Gunners have fallen drastically in the last few seasons and are not progressing at all. So it is not a surprise that a section of the fans want a change at the end of the season. A change will certainly unsettle them for at least a season and push them further away from Spurs and if Wenger stays, the Brigade will constantly push them down. These are definitely not great times to be an Arsenal fan.

English talent

While Wenger is struggling to integrate the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the first team, the Spurs have the likes of Dele Alli, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Harry Kane and Eric Dier, all playing important roles in the first team. The core of the Spurs team is English and it will stay that way for years to come. Arsenal, if they are shopping, will look for European talent, which will have its own effect. England is a tough country to play football in and it is important to have players from the country who understand the game well. Spurs have that in abundance while Arsenal are struggling in search of it.

Harry Kane of Tottenham

The Gunners definitely have it in them to turn the table next season but at the moment, the power shift in North London is very much real!