Wenger: One season behind Sp*rs is no power shift

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Arsene Wenger has insisted that Arsenal finishing behind Sp*rs this season would not be evidence of a power-shift in North London.

It looks increasingly likely that the Gunners will end up lower in the Premier League table than their local rivals for the first time in 21 years, and for the first time in Wenger’s reign.

However, the Arsenal manager says that’s not enough evidence to say that the ‘balance of power’ has moved from the Emirates to the soon-to-be-bulldozed White Hart Lane.

“Let’s be honest,” he said. “I’ve answered that question about a shift in power over 18 consecutive years. Nothing changes in that.”

Asked if they needed to do more, he continued, “I think so. You can not say the weight of one year has the weight of twenty.”

Wenger was also asked to reflect on this being the last derby at White Hart Lane in its current form. If the journalist was expecting a trip down memory lane, they d

“I am not in a position today where the sentiment comes in too much,” he said.

“Your colleague told me I have played 50 London derbies, there are some special ones in there. I’m not in a mode to reflect on that.

“Maybe one day I will write a book about the derbies!”

The last time Sp*rs finished above Arsenal was in 1995 when they ended up 7th in the table, while the Gunners languished in 12th position.

That summer, Arsenal went out and bought Dennis Bergkamp and David Platt, finishing 5th the next season while Sp*rs slipped down to 8th.

Other things that happened in 1995

  • eBay and Yahoo were founded
  • The first Playstation was made available in Europe
  • OJ Simpson was found innocent in his first trial after the Chewbacca defence worked
  • The DVD was launched
  • Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League
  • Liverpool signed Stan Collymore for £8,400,000 😂
  • Ted Drake died
  • Calum Chambers was born
  • 168 people were killed by Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing
  • The highest grossing film of 1995 was Toy Story, followed by Die Hard with a Vengeance
  • The final original Calvin and Hobbes comic strip was published
  • Steve Fossett became the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a hot air balloon.
  • Coolio released Gangsta’s Paradise
  • Top TV shows included ER, Seinfeld and Walker Texas Ranger

Since 1995, Sp*rs have won the league cup twice (1999, 2008).

Since 1995, Arsenal have won the Premier League three times, completed two doubles, gone an entire season without losing a single game, reached a Champions League final, and won 6 FA Cups.

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Little Mozart

You make history come alive!

ChrisGooner

So another one for your list blogs:

OJ Simpson is found innocent

Alex

No one is found innocent. The best you can get is an acquittal or “not guilty.”

Which would be like calling the winner of a match the “not losers”.

Amusa

Seinfeld was an amazing show!
Kramer what a brilliant character.

Magneto

“…Not that there’s anything wrong with that”.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

BTW is any commenter here a marine biologist?

Goontang

Is*

Reality Check

Hector Bellerin was born in 1995

Just saying

Cazorla\'swrongfoot

I am going for a narrow 1-0 win wide enough for the Sp*rs to throw their title hopes into. A different kind of St.Totteringham’s day this year.

GYWE

Even a blind cock sometimes finds a grain of corn

GoonerestGooner

Best.Comment.Ever.
Sums it up so beautifully.

I\'m Professor Ignorance, on this subject
I\'m Professor Ignorance, on this subject

Cocks will occasionally swallow stones as well. In such a case, the less time the cock takes to pass this period, the better, in order that normal life may resume again as soon as possible.

Stewart Robson\'s therapist
Stewart Robson\'s therapist

Ross and Rachel hadn’t even been together, never mind on a break.

Fletcher

(Since 1995, Arsenal have won the Premier League three times, completed two doubles, gone an entire season without losing a single game, reached a Champions League final, and won 6 FA Cups.)
Mostly under Wenger who joined the club oct 1996.

GoonerestGooner

*All under Wenger

Donald\'s Trump

George Graham won 2 league titles, an FA cup, 2 League cups and a European trophy in 5 seasons.

yagaru

Yes, he did @Donald’sTrump but that was all pre 1995 numb nuts. Everything we won since 1995 has been under Wenger.

santori

Fake news.

George Graham did not over see a transition to a new stadium or keep us in Europe’s top flight for two decades.

The cup he won in Europe was a less prestigious one.

Wenger has won the most FA cups of any Arsenal manager.

And he’s gone the season unbeaten not just nearly.

Not saying he’s perfect by a far stretch but the Graham years were also erratic years where Wenger has been remarkably consistent.

Heavenly Chapecoense

Is ‘alternative facts’ better ?

John C

Rewriting history again by someone who probably can’t remember it.

George Graham couldn’t qualify for Europe for the first 4 years of his reign as English teams were banned, if they weren’t he would have qualified for the European Cup at a time when you actually had to win the league to be in it and only 2 teams qualified for europe via the league. Now 4 qualify for the Champions league and european places will go down to 7th this season. So there isn’t a level playing field in your assessment especially as the gravy train that is the Champions league, which has given its participants a massive financial advantage over their domestic rivals and created a perpetual and almost unbreakable route to participation didn’t exist!

And despite what you say about not having to oversee the transition into a new stadium, he did have to contend with the redevelopment of both the Clock End and North Bank, which despite the club trying to make the fans pick up the bill, did come at an massive financial cost, it also greatly affected the atmosphere at a time when we actually had one!

gee

where is the daily media reminder of how long spuds have gone without a bloody tropy? does it only apply to us?

Goonerink

Why would they? We expect titles and don’t​ win them. Can you honestly say the same for sp*rs?

Goonerink

*I’m referring to the expecting titles part obviously

Magneto

Top tv shows also included “The Larry Sanders Show”. Top, top, top quality, as Arsene would say. R.I.P. Garry Shandling.

Andy Mack

The Spuddies will have to endure a season of two playing their home games at Wembley, which makes me think they’ll have a real tough season or two and the reoccurring ‘change in power’ comment will be forgotten for a few years…

Liam Bradys left peg

Yes they are shite a wembley and hopefully relegated before their shiney new shit hole is finished.

Ashley

Excellent article. It has obviously been absolutely hilarious finishing above them every year, and will be a shame not to this season but hardly the end of the world. It will be even funnier should we win the FA cup (i dont care about finishing in the top 4 that much, other than the draw it has on the players we can sign supposedly but that is an argument for another day) and they win nothing though obviously this is a huge if.

Obviously they will have their laughs at our expense if we dont win the cup and they finish above us as is their right, but anyone suggesting a tip in the balance of power are just click baiting as far as I am concerned. Blogs has listed our achievements in that time as well as the 20 years above them and they have a long way to go before they could claim parity let alone dominance.

We need to finish above everyone, not just Spurs next season. The best way to make sure North london stays red is to add to that list of achievements.

Al Gilmore

Unless Spurs are an infinitely better run and financed club than us (of which there is no past evidence) then they are just about to encounter the same problems as we did when building and moving into the Emirates.

Funding a stadium build inevitably impacts on funding the team and Spurs are already the poorest payers out of the top 6/7. This already leaves them vulnerable- as we were- to losing their best players. But if you factor in the players knowing Spurs won’t be spending big for 3-5 seasons, they will get itchy feet. The manager is doing a good job but he too could get tempted away if his personal ambitions are asked to take a back seat.

I dont think it will be as bad as it was for us because of the size of the latest tv deal. But then we were an established top 4 team and they have had 2 good season based on a small number of g good players peaking at once with not much behind them. They are far from having a squad capable of challenging on all fronts consistently. Further than us no matter who manages us.

Andy Mack

I agree, but I’d also add that they have the benefit of a local council that wants them to build the new stadium and put money into the area as it’s a shithole which desperately needs improvement, whereas we had to fight the local council tooth and nail for everything. On top of this, they’ve seen what we did and I’m sure they learnt from it, but they’ll still have a real tough time for a while.

John C

Not so, construction costs haven’t suffered the same inflationary path as football clubs income streams over the last 10-15 so i don’t see it being a problem for them.

I would bet(not a lot mind) they’ll be better off financially from day one.

Andy Mack

You’re right that club income has increased dramatically but the original cost target for their new stadium of £390m is now estimated to be closer to £800m (only an estimate, and probably an over estimate) and that’s still a seriously big chunk of money even though it’s a lower percentage increase than their income growth.
They won’t be immediately better off than they are now but they will undoubtedly be in a better position than we were for the first 5+year after our stadium move.

ShzMo

Loved the Calvin strip. Hahaha

Hentai

Brilliant perspective blogs.

Andy Turner

😂😂😂😂 that last bit though…..2 mickey mouse cups compared to arsenal’s achievements!! Make the most of it Spuds, we’ll be back!!

santori

If Spurs can qualify for CL back to back on a consistent basis, I’d say they are narrowing the gap.

That said, this is a wake up call for us, they have crept closer in recent seasons even if they have bottled it in the end.

This season we will have to likely abstain from St Totteringham’s and they will likely finish second best.

But hey, we’re going to Wembley.

santori

Likely we will be without Mustafi or Koscielknee.

I expect we will try and play with Gabriel Holding and Monreal as the central 3.

not sure if Metersecker is up to speed.

There is some risk of course even if Holding is promising and Gabriel has been in decent form.

Out wide, Ox back would be a massive plus for us. He should start left side IMO with Bellerin on other flank.

In the central midfield, who partners our metronome Granit? Coquelin I thought did well with the back 3 and snuffs out danger higher but isn’t as attack minded (even if he had a good effort at goal). Ramsey is more forward thinking but tends to over complicate at times which could be a confidence issue. Iwobi is another possibility unexplored but given nature of the game could be a bit of a gamble.

My choice would be to be safe and have Coquelin given injuries in back 3.

Alexis and Ozil are given. They will have to be far sharper and more protective of the ball in particular Alexis.

Up top, we don’t have the optimum solution.

Welbeck is quick and gives plenty of off ball runnning but he isn’t sharp in front of goal.

Walcott can deliver but off the ball is his problem where he drifts in and out and he lacks nuance when need be.

Giroud isn’t the most mobile but his presence in and around the box makes things happen (as Huth goal serves to illustrate). He protects the ball best for us.

I think it depends on how we expect Spurs to play. If we think they will sit entrenched a bit and hit on the counter, Giroud is better option. If (more likely) they come at us because they are now too big for their shoes, we may find better joy with a more mobile front man.

Between Walcott and Welbeck, it will depend who is more efficient in front of goal. Thus far Danny has fluffed it several times from close range.

It will be difficult to say the least with their confidence high and we will have to be combative dig deep. This is the sort of game where the old guard tend to be important showing gumption.

Remember Sagna, Rosicky, Flamini. Monreal may have a big job ahead again.

Ricardo

What about Friends. That was surely better than Walker Texas Ranger and ER.

santori

I think we should try a 3-4-1-2 to start.

……….Alexis…………..Walcott……….
…………………Ozil……………………..
Ox……Coq…………..Granit…..Bellerin
….Monreal…..Koscielny…..Gabriel…..
………………..Cech…………………….

Alex

It’s a fair point but it’s not THE point. This club has underperformed during that time, all things being equal and under Wenger’s unilateral stewardship.

When Leicester won the league, all of the managers in the top six should have been moved along (maybe I’d give Klopp a pass in his first season) because it shouldn’t have happened.

Arsenal were the best placed to take advantage.

It’s relevant topic before a derby, I know the media will bring it up and Wenger is justified in his answer. But actually, it just further takes focus off the real issue.

SantCarzor

“You can not say the weight of one year has the weight of twenty.”
Man, I love this guy.

SantCarzor

Andrew, can you make a ‘List of things Arsene Wenger has said he’ll write a book about”?

John C

Can someone remind Wenger that with all his writing commitments can he please leave Arsenal ASAP to fulfil them?

fagyisrobi

Since 1995 you’ve lived in two decades, two centuries and two millenniums. 🤗

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