Tottenham have been struggling to catch up with Arsenal but they have not just been able to. This season despite their huge spurge in the transfer market, they are still very much in Arsenal’s shadows and if the reports making the round is anything to go buy, they will still continue to lag behind the Gunners.
In the summer, Spurs’ loss was Arsenal’s gain. Their sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid paved the way for Arsenal to grab German star Mesut Ozil in one of the shocking deals of the summer and the impact of the former Real Madrid star cannot be over-emphasized. At the Emirates as he has helped the Gunners maintain their title challenge while Spurs title hopes have suffered severe blows and their top four ambitions left hanging in the balance. Levy must be regretting sanctioning the sale of Bale to Real not only because they lost a top quality player but because it would also have prevented Arsenal from landing a class player.
It is obvious Tottenham haven’t learnt their lessons as they might be helping Arsenal get another of their top target just some months after. Arsenal have been linked with Schalke’s star attacker Julian Draxler but before the Bundesliga outfit would sanction a sale, they would want a replacement. They have already got one in Sidney Sam but would certainly grab another and that is where Tottenham come in. Their midfielder Lewis Holtby, who joined from the Bundesliga outfit in the last winter window but owing to irregular first team football, he is considering a move away from White Hart Lane back to Schalke. Should this happen in January, Schalke will be open to releasing Draxler even in this winter window.
Levy would certainly be loathe helping Arsenal get another class act which Draxler represents but they have little choice in the scheme of things. Holtby isn’t playing regularly and wants a return back to where the grass was green for him. If Spurs don’t want him to go, they must give him more playing time which they aren’t ready to do. Simply put, they are paying the price for their lavish summer spending which has seen Holtby drop down the pecking order this season.
How Wenger will be smiling. He could be using Arsenal’s arch-enemy twice in a space of six months.