Arsenal legend believes they must copy Spurs if they are to improve

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur finished above Arsenal in the Premier League for the third successive season making St Totteringham’s Day (when Arsenal fans celebrate the fact that Tottenham can no longer catch Arsenal in the league) a thing of the past.

Mauricio Pochettino did not spend a single penny over the previous two transfer windows yet still delivered a fourth successive finish in the Champions League qualification places whilst also appearing in the final for the first time in the club’s history.

Arsenal will once again be playing their football on Thursday night in the Europa League due to their fifth place finish.


Gunners legend Ray Parlour believes that his former side need to take inspiration from Spurs if Unai Emery is set to be handed a limited transfer budget which is expected to be in the region of £40million.

Tottenham, on the other hand, are expected to break their transfer fee record this summer with their pursuit of both Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso (The Mirror).

Parlour told the Daily Star: “The club have always been run like this,”

“The fans know exactly what happens.

“It’s another opportunity for these youngsters to get a chance.

“Reiss Nelson is one who sticks out. You’ve got Emile Smith-Rowe as well.

“I think the fans love the youngsters to get an opportunity – and that’s a road Arsenal might have to go down.

“Everybody wants big signings, but it’s got to be the right player.

“£40m is not a lot, but you’ve seen what happened at Spurs where they didn’t go out and spend money.

“When Emery came in, he knew exactly what the situation was.”


Arsenal’s failuare to qualify for the Champions League has no doubt had a significant impact on their transfer budget; Spurs fans will be hoping that Daniel Levy will hand Mauricio Pochettino the money which he generated from last season’s competition to re-invest into the squad and further increase the gap in quality between the North London rivals.

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