The North London derby on Sunday did suggest that there was a definite shift in power between Spurs and Arsenal, it was the first time in years that the White Hart Lane club went into the game as favourites, they were expected to win! 5 or 6 years ago such a thing would have been absolutely unthinkable for both sets of supporters.
Arsene Wenger and his team are struggling to cope with the loss of some of their top players, the manager has been slightly reluctant to part with much money for players something that has angered supporters, his frantic purchases towards the end of the transfer window however might suggest a change of approach and that would surely be greeted with a positive response from fans.
Tottenham on the other hand have had a pretty good time the last few years, they may have missed out on Champions League qualification last year, but this time around they have a good chance of nicking 4th spot as they compete with Liverpool and their bitter rivals. They only missed out marginally last year and they could have maybe pipped Arsenal to that illusive Champions League spot had they found a way to deal with their goal crisis.
This year Arsenal look like relying on Robin Van Persie again to carry their goal scoring threat, whilst Spurs have recruited former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor who they hope will bring them success. It would appear however that both clubs are wanting to add to their striking ranks, Van Persie seems to be evaluating his options over a new contract, whilst the Togolese striker is only on loan from Manchester City and whether they can afford to make the move permanent remains to be seen.
According to recent press reports both clubs have been tracking Lille striker Moussa Sow and it seems there might be developments in that area, or should that be no development since the player has spoken about his future but not actually managed to reveal anything. The French born Senegalese striker has been a bit of revelation in Ligue 1 he was the leagues top goal scorer last year banging in 25 goals and helping his club to a league and domestic trophy double. This achievement has brought him to the attention of many and with his contract running down and expiring in 2013 there is the thought that a deal could be done.
To further muddy the waters there appears to be no answers from the player regarding his future, his club are keen to negotiate a new deal, realistically this won’t keep him long term but it will probably allow the club to sell the forward at a higher price. Talking to French paper L’Equipe, the striker has said:
“Talks about an extension? We have not talked since the summer…But I am not upset about that. I am not holding out for anything. I am playing at the moment and we will see what happens….I feel happy at Lille and I don’t think about a new contract all the time. It is only October….I don’t know what will happen at the end of the season. I don’t know if I will stay or go. What I do know is that I am a Lille player now and I am happy to be here.”.
His comments come right out of the generic folder, similar lines have been spoken by players all over the world, clearly he wants to keep Lille fans on side but without totally ruling out a move abroad, and to be honest his attitude is probably one that many of us would take if we were multi million pound footballers! I would imagine if the offer on the table from Lille was good enough he could be tempted to stay and then his club could sell him for a more substantial fee further down the line, that would suit both parties, but I suppose at the same time he will be very aware that he won’t want to price himself out of the market.
He is definitely a player though that I think is worth a look at, Newcastle made attempts to sign him this Summer but were ultimately not successful. He has the potential to be a great addition to both Spurs and Arsenal however, clearly there is no definite sign that he will excel in the English game, but sometimes that risk is worth taking and if he can be as prolific in England as he has been in France then he could really help Arsene Wenger and his team back into the top 4, or alternatively he could assist in cementing Tottenham’s possible grip on 4th spot.
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