Tottenham star’s taunts to ‘spur’ Arsenal into action?

Yes Arsenal have gone behind Tottenham in the Premier League table for the first time this season and everyone is making a massive deal out of it. The TV pundits who were confidently predicting a month ago that the Gunners had sorted all our problems out are now saying that nothing has changed and they are also now saying that Spurs will carry on their form and finally finish above us.

That is the nature of pundits though, as they rarely look beyond current form. They forget that we have been battling with the absence of a number of key first team players due to injury and that we are just now starting to see them come back, while Tottenham have just lost their best centre back for a long spell and that is likely to start affecting them.

Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players will also be feeling a keen sense of injustice as we have not really got what we deserved over the last few games. Some of that has been down to our finishing and our confidence being hit but a lot has just been down to a lack of luck. The ball sometimes runs for you and sometimes it doesn’t.

So to hear the Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane talking about them being the form team and everyone fearing them, as reported by the IB times, and saying that their current form will just keep going makes me laugh. And I think it should also inspire the Arsenal team to go out there and prove that form is temporary but class is permanent.

Arsenal boss rules out top striker transfer

Arsenal fans will be hoping that the striker who has scored more Premier League goals than any other in 2015 has an off day this weekend. That striker is Harry Kane and he will be leading the line for Tottenham against the Gunners in the latest episode in the long running rivalry that is the north London derby.

But while the Spurs fans sing about him being one of their own, there are those awkward photos of the young Kane in an Arsenal shirt celebrating us winning the title and he was also part of the youth set up with Arsenal when he was very young.

This has led to some Arsenal fans hoping that a rare transfer between the local rivals might be on the cards, but those hopes were shot down this week by Arsene Wenger himself. The Frenchman was asked about Kane and while he admitting to being impressed by him, an Evening Standard report quotes the prof as stating that he would not even consider going for the transfer.

Wenger said, “I think he is a very interesting and very strong striker. He has top qualities and I think he will make a great career. Once a player is at Spurs you do not even consider him anymore to be on your radar because you do not historically have many transfers from one club to the other.”

It is not unheard of though, but then there is the added factor of Daniel Levy and his stubborn and over the top demands on any club that dares to want one of his players. So should we just forget about signing Kane and concentrate on stopping him scoring?

Why Arsenal have a REAL threat from Spurs this season

We might still see Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham suffer their annual collapse which allows the Gunners to have finished above them in the Premier League table for as long as most of us can remember, but I would not put money on it Gooners.

Their performance in beating the league leaders Chelsea on new years day was thoroughly convincing and has got me seriously worried that they might finally pip Arsenal to the final Champions League position, assuming that Chelsea, Man City and Man United take the top three spots.

In Harry Kane they have talented and in form striker who knows where the goal is and offers a lot more besides with his tireless running. And unlike the former Arsenal striker Adebayor, his attitude seems to be right. They do have a strong squad as well, with all the money they spent in recent years actually starting to pay off, as the likes of Lamela and Chadli settle in.

And in Mauricio Pochettino they have a very talented young manager who proved with Southampton last season that he can do well in England. So if I was Arsene Wenger and his players, I would be very concerned about the spuds and would not expect them to slip up as usual.

But if Arsenal get some key players back from injury and start to find some form and consistency, I still think we should be able to overhaul them. But it could be a very close and nervous end to the season indeed for Arsenal fans. Will we do it?