Hey, The Mirror even gave it the following title: “Vertonghen warns Arsenal that Spurs will be bigger and stronger after Bale exit”.
Whilst there’s little in his comments that come across as a direct challenge for Arsenal, the fact that it came a few days before the North London Derby was telling.
Some choice quotes are as follows: “I think it is going to be bruising playing Spurs this season…” and, “And the new players have just so much power.“
Whilst new signings like Nacer Chadli, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue are all tall, physically imposing players, it doesn’t follow that they will make Tottenham stronger as a whole. Indeed, given what we’ve seen so far, I’m not sure how big an impact Chadli and Capoue will have this year.
Gareth Bale is a one-in-a-million player. His loss will be felt at White Hart Lane, regardless of how many players the club brings in to attempt to plug the gap.
His absence was certainly felt during the club’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal. Indeed, this result made of mockery of some of Vertonghen’s comments.
Tottenham worked hard, fizzed the ball about as well as they could and occasionally got into dangerous positions. But it wasn’t enough. It was Arsenal who provided all the incision and created the best chances. Some of the Gunners interplay in tight positions was a joy to watch.
It was a good team performance from Arsenal. It may take a while for this Spurs team to produce similar displays.
It hasn’t helped that some pundits were tipping Spurs for the title this season. Ambition is all well and good, but let’s not pile too much pressure on this new look Tottenham team.
Let’s close with these final comments from Vertonghen: “We are one year older all of us, we have a little more experience, and I think we know a bit more how to win.”
This may be true, but Spurs still have a long way to go. With so many new players at White Hart Lane, it’s going to take a while for them to gel together. I’m not sure they’re a stronger unit than they were last year, not yet anyway.
What’s your take? Were Vertonghen’s comments badly judged, or will they be proven right over the course of the next year?
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