Tony Cascarino has claimed that he would not be surprised if Arsenal finish above Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season.
After Tottenham beat Arsenal 2-0 in the North London Derby back in December, it seemed certain that the Lilywhites were going to finish above their local rivals for a fifth season in a row.
Spurs were sitting pretty at the top of the table while the Gunners looked in danger of being sucked into a relegation battle.
Mikel Arteta’s role was being questioned at the time but the Arsenal board decided to stick with the Spaniard and are now reaping the rewards for their loyalty.
Arsenal have turned their form around over the past two months while Spurs have been fallen off a cliff, dropping down to ninth place in the table.
On the back of Spurs’ poor run of form, some bookmakers have now installed Mourinho as the second favourite to be the next top-flight boss who is sacked.
Cascarino admitted that the contrast between the directions that the two clubs are headed is plain to see.
The former Chelsea forward wrote in The Times: “There is much to admire about the team Mikel Arteta is building at Arsenal.
“Results are gradually improving, a style is emerging and young players such as Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka are being given a chance to impose themselves on matches. Arsenal stuck with their man, believed in his project and look like a side on the up.
“Contrast this with Tottenham Hotspur, who look devoid of both creativity and a Plan B when the going gets tough.
“Spurs are now only two points above their north London rivals and, although they have a game in hand, I would not be surprised if Arsenal finish ahead of them this season.
“Arteta’s team are going places. It will be fascinating to see who comes out on top when the sides meet next month.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Mourinho certainly deserves the criticism he has been getting over recent weeks and he does not have too much time to turn things around if Tottenham are to make up the ground on the top four spots. However, I believe one also has to take into account that we have had a tough run of fixtures over recent weeks. I still believe that we could end up having a successful season as long as we string a few results together and get our confidence back.
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